Summer League Notes From Vegas

Well, gents, I got to see my first Knicks Summer League game in person as the Knicks were beat down by the Raptors.  I must admit that I lost attention by half-time but I have some decent pics which I hope to download within the next couple of days for you.  I have not been impressed by much of the Summer League play I have seen thus far.  Hopefully I will catch John Wall today (Washington plays when KnicksFanaticsblog Radio starts) and my excitement level will be increased for at least the next two days, but I have decided not to extend my trip to watch the Knicks play Washington since I saw what I needed to see and it wasn’t pretty.

Overall, the Knicks Summer League team seems like little more than tryouts for the remaining few positions on the Knicks roster.  The team is not very well organized on the floor, which  makes sense because this is the summer league where the games are wild wild desert track meets.  Plus in the games I saw the Knicks were over-matched in the interior.  The Raptors played bona fide NBA players such as DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems and Ed Davis. The Knicks’ best NBA baller was Toney Douglas and he couldn’t play the entire game and every position.  As a result, Weems looked like a world beater and DeRozan was solid.

Toney Douglas looks very seasoned after his rookie year and arguably would have developed faster if he was not yo-yo’d in and out of D’Antoni’s starting line-up in favor of Sergio Rodriguez and Chris Duhon, who had no chance of being Knicks next season.  Nevertheless, Douglas seems to take it all in stride.  His comfort level has clearly increased and his shooting stroke has improved overall. 

 

Andy Rautins looked like the only way he will be a Knick is based upon a political decision designed for the team to save face for not selecting Lance Stephenson.  Unfortunately for Rautins, his shot has been off whether from the tre, which is his specialty, or pull-ups, which is not a strong suit.  It is a problem because so far he offers little else on either the defensive or offensive end.  If Morris Almond could not make the Knicks, I don’t see how Rautins gets a contract.

Landry Fields is a keeper.  He has slightly more than potential — he’s got baller instinct and skills.  He is fearless on the drive, has some hops and can finish around the basket.  He is very fluid although not the most athletic person on the floor.  But he’s got some game in him.  He should be a Knick although he would be better suited for a team that will develop his talents.  He reminds me of someone that I can’t put my finger on as I am writing this — maybe it’s Tayshawn Prince.  I’ll get back to you on that.

Lot’s of folks like Jerome Jordan, including people sitting near me at the game.  He’s a big for sure.  I was unimpressed with his strength and ability to finish under the basket.  He reminded me too much of Randolph Morris when he first came into the league. Perhaps I did not see enough to be a fair judge.  I look forward to his next game.

The Knicks seemed to be focused on giving Eric Boateng a good work out at center.   I imagine he will be invited to training camp at least, but based on the Knicks overall interior play, he did not stand out.

I had an opportunity to interview Patrick Ewing, Jr. who was just great to talk to.  Junior looked good and capable although his size may be somewhat prohibitive.  Still, he carried himself like a professional and not necessarily a pedigreed one.  It was good to see him perform at the 3 and the 4.  It would be nice to have him stick in the place I believe might be vacated by Rautins, but that is unlikely.

It’s time to get back to the Pavillion.  I’ll have more notes for you later.