Knicks Sign Ike Diogu

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.

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4 thoughts to “Knicks Sign Ike Diogu”

  1. With that TS% he can take all of Melo’s opportunities to score and we’ll be on our way to championship.

    I saw him with the Spurs a few years ago. 12th guy, played in blowouts. Think he got cut and brought back so must be ok teammate.

  2. I see that Steve Mills’ heavy hitting personality has landed us Ike Diogu, the final piece of the puzzle. Seriously though, we knew this like 4 days ago right?

  3. Not too concerned with this. He’s probably just a camp body. Unless he found a way to use his length to be come a proficient shot blocker and interior defender, there’s no way he beats out Cole Aldrich or even Toure Murry. Would love to see the practices tho. I think Kmart is gonna bust his ass all camp long. Likewise for Tyson and STAT. Diogu kinda reminds me of Biyombo..before Biyombo lol. Same body type and high least Biyombo still has a chance.

  4. Unless he found a way to use his length to be come a proficient shot blocker and interior defender,

    I wish I could find a better way to use my length

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