NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 – The New York Knickerbockers announced today that the team has signed forward Ike Diogu. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Diogu, 6-9, 250-pounds, holds career averages of 6.0 points, on 50.9-percent shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 12.4 minutes in 225 games (18 starts) over six seasons with Golden State, Indiana, Portland, Sacramento, L.A. Clippers and San Antonio. He spent the last two seasons playing in Puerto Rico (Arecibo) and China (Xinjiang), after playing in two games for San Antonio in 2011-12. The Buffalo, NY-native was originally selected by Golden State following three seasons at Arizona State University in the first round (ninth pick overall) of 2005 NBA Draft.
An odd choice for New York. Diogu hasn’t played much, but his per-minute scoring (17.4 pts/36, 57.8 TS%) is promising. In 2011, his last “full” season, he attempted 121 of 148 shots within 10 feet, more than half were assisted, and nearly everything seems to be in the paint. His rebounding is OK, but he doesn’t block shots. He seems like Mike Sweetney, minus the rebounding and the late night binge eating. 82games shows him to be slightl-poor/neutral on defense.