Ricky Ledo signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks out of the D-League and here is a scouting report on his game:
Situation: New York’s starting point guard, Langston Galloway, was a former D-League product and the Knicks went back to the minors for another Call-Up in the backcourt. Ledo joins a New York roster that’s missing Tim Hardaway Jr. due to a sprained right wrist, Cleanthony Early with a sprained left ankle, and Jose Calderon with an Achilles injury. Ledo was a second round pick in 2013 and spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks before he was cut to create space for Amar’e Stoudamire. He was a McDonald’s All-American out of high school and committed to Providence, but was ruled academically ineligible and never played a game in the NCAA. He declared for the draft after what would have been his freshman year and primarily spent time in the D-League during his first two professional seasons.
Size/Athleticism: Ledo has good size for the shooting guard position at 6-foot-6, although he can bulk up his frame. He is a good athlete with decent length. The physical tools are there.
Ballhandling: Ledo is a talented ballhandler that can create his own offense off the bounce. He possesses a good first step and can get to the rim with his dribble. He uses a mixture of crossovers and hesitation moves to attack the basket.
Shooting: As a 28.8% three-point shooter, Ledo isn’t much of a threat from distance. He’s averaging 1.2 made threes per contest, but lacks consistency on his release.
Penetration: With a quick first step and the ability to create off the dribble, Ledo is at his best attacking the rim. He’s made 56.3% of his field goal attempts from within 8 feet, which makes up a majority of his offense. Ledo also gets to the line for 3.3 free throw attempts per contest.
Passing: Ledo is a talented passer, averaging 4.2 assists per game. He has good vision with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Defense: Ledo has potential to be a solid defender, but has been average in this aspect. His lack of experience shows on this end of the floor, as he sometimes gambles or falls for fakes.
Rebounding: Ledo contributes 4.6 rebounds per game in the D-League. He uses his athleticism to contribute a couple boards in each contest, although he isn’t a standout in this area.
Versatility: At 6-foot-6, Ledo has a chance to play three positions. His best spot would be at the shooting guard position, although he could slide over to the small forward spot in smaller lineups. If the Knicks want to experiment with Ledo’s combination of size, quickness, and passing ability, they could try him at the point guard position. This probably won’t happen with Galloway in the fold, however, there’s potential.
Final Analysis: Ledo is a talented shooting guard with the size and athleticism to play in the NBA. He can create his own offense or dish some pretty assists, but needs to improve on impacting the game without the ball in his hands. New York has already found a talented D-League guard in Galloway, so adding Ledo could be another D-League success story for the Knicks. He still needs time to develop, but with the Knicks in a rebuilding year, this seems like a good situation for both sides.