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New York Knicks in running for injury-plagued former first round pick John Jenkins

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The New York Knicks, having missed out on a number of top free agency targets, are having to delve deeper into the market in a bid to replenish a struggling roster.

And, according to ESPN reporter Ian Begley, one man who is drawing particular attention right now is former 2012 first round draft pick John Jenkins.

The shooting guard, most recently of the Atlanta Hawks, has struggled with injuries in recent seasons but is said to be back to full fitness.

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While the Knicks appear keen on a deal for the Jenkins, Begley revealed they weren't the only team keeping a close eye on the 23rd overall pick of the 2012 draft:

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Career to date

John Jenkins enjoyed an impressive college career with Vanderbilt, finishing as the SEC's top points scorer for two consecutive seasons and developing a reputation as an excellent three-point shooter.

Since joining the NBA in 2012, though, the now 24-year-old has struggled to stay healthy and pin down a role.

He managed 61 appearances in his rookie year but missed a large chunk of the 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to cure lower back pain. Jenkins also dealt with nerve issues in his left leg.

Last season Jenkins again saw limited time as he learnt a new system under Budenholzer. Still, when on the court he has a .601 field goal percentage and averaged 5.6 ppg in just 12 minutes last year.

Bounce back?

Knicks fans might not exactly be clamouring to buy his jersey should John Jenkins become part of the New York roster but there are some in the game who believe he is set to bounce back this season.

The player himself recently posted a video showcase online to highlight that he still retains that sharp shooting skill set that made one of the top 30 players coming into the league back in 2012.

Knicks fans: Would you take Jenkins, or is it a sign your team is struggling to attract top stars? Have your say in the comments below...

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