Jerome Jordan Not Yet Ready for NBA

According to ESPN New York’s Chris Sheridan, Jerome Jordan, the 44th pick of last year’s draft, won’t be joining the Knicks just yet.

Even though the Knicks are lacking big man depth and the 7-footer could surely ease some of the pain, Sheridan notes the time just isn’t right.
In a normal summer, the Knicks would bring him back to the United States, see how he fared in summer league action and then make a decision on whether he should be allotted a roster space for the 2011-12 season. But this is not looking like a normal summer with a possible work stoppage on the horizon, and the Knicks are unsure what they’ll do with the 7-footer after he reports back to the team’s training facility in mid-June to meet with the coaching staff and members of the front office.

“We’ll see where he’s at, and we’ll see where is is after that,” Walsh told”We’ll see if he wants to come back, and we want to take a look. My understanding is he’s gotten bigger and stronger and was taking the ball to the hole, whareas in Las Vegas last summer he was tending to take shots fading away. I’ve only watched film, but he looked a little more aggressive.”

Jordan did show signs of talent and promise last summer, but it was clear he wasn’t ready for the next level. When the Knicks did acquire the pick from the Bucks, they knew whomever the selection turned out to be would end up being a bit of a project.

If Jordan were able to bulk up as Walsh notes, his size could definitely fill a void for the Knicks. That being said, as of last summer, he still needed to polish and fine-tune his game. Sheridan compares Jordan and his route to the NBA to that of 13 year NBA veteran and former Knick Antonio Davis, whom Walsh drafted as a Pacer.

His per minute production overseas on paper seems pretty efficient, and while he would certainly need to make adjustments to the NBA game, Jordan may have an outside chance at donning orange and blue next season (should there not be a lockout) with only Ronny Turiaf currently penciled in at the center position for New York.