With the New York Knicks losing a few key big men to retirement, along with Chris Copeland to free agency, a small opening may exist for a hardworking and tough young big man. The 6-11 Eloy Vargas hopes that he can potentially fulfill that role, while also fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA.
“I’m just thankful and lucky to have the opportunity,” Vargas told SNY.tv. “I’m really excited about the opportunity that this team is giving me to showcase my skill level with them and help me develop my game at the next level.”
“They saw something in me when I was there trying out that no other team saw. I’m just thankful to be part of this team in the summer league. This is why I work so hard to get to this level.”
Vargas was limited to reserve minutes while at Kentucky, playing behind guys like Anthony Davis. Vargas averaged 0.8 points and 1.7 rebounds during the 2011-2012 national championship run. If Vargas becomes yet another former Calipari player to make the NBA, in a reserve role such as that, can we all just bow down to the #KentuckyEffect?