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Ron Baker fights money math in quest to make Knicks roster

Former Wichita State star Ron Baker averages 4.5 points in preseason play for the Knicks.
Former Wichita State star Ron Baker averages 4.5 points in preseason play for the Knicks.

Ron Baker faces an uphill battle to make the Knicks roster. He is, however, making a good impression in the team’s early exhibition games.

The Knicks have the limit of 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster, so to keep Baker they would need to eat money. While that’s not unprecedented, it is a factor working against players without a guaranteed contract, such as Baker. Guard Chasson Randle appears ahead of Baker, should the Knicks chose to keep a player with a non-guaranteed deal.

The Knicks defeated the Wizards 90-88 on Monday and Baker scored eight points in 16 minutes. In three games, he is averaging 13 minutes and 4.5 points.

“I've also been pleasantly surprised at how good Ron Baker has been. He's tough, attacks the basket, defends and can make spot threes,” wrote Tommy Dee and Keith Schlosser of theKnicksBlog.

ESPN’s Ian Begley wrote: “Other players battling for a roster spot also played well: Ron Baker impressed, finishing with nine points and hitting both of his 3-point attempts. Willy Hernangomez (14 points) and Maurice Ndour (12 points) also played well.”

Around 2,500 people came out to get their new children's book signed by Wichita State basketball star Ron Baker, who authored his first children's book " You're Too Big to Dream Small," at Exploration Place Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (Video by Fernando

Wichita State basketball players Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet and Evan Wessel star in restaurant chain Carlos O’ Kelly’s new commercials.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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