After missing out on summer league standout Maurice NDour, the New York Knicks wanted to add youth. They instead opted to add Virginia swingman Darion Atkins.
The length and salary of the deal is unknown, but it is expected to be only a partially guaranteed deal, meaning he could easily be waived before the season starts with minimal impact.
Atkins played three seasons for the Virginia Cavaliers, appearing in 33 games and 23.9 minutes per game. His offensive game is limited, averaging 7.6 points per game, but he thrived on the other end of the court. As a combo forward at 6-8, he was able to average .9 steals per game, as well as 1.1 blocks per game, and 6 rebounds per game.
Heading into the draft, Atkins was the 77th ranked prospect via Draft Express.
Atkins also played in the Las Vegas Summer League for the San Antonio Spurs, with similar results. In 12.7 minutes per game, he averaged 2.3 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Atkins brings the Knicks needed depth in the front court, as well as another young player to develop.