By Ben Horney, Knicks fan since '94
After each game during Summer League, we'll choose the three best performances as the Three Aces of the game and break down what made them successful. There were plenty of positive signs in today's loss to the Pelicans, but the following three really stood out.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 13 points (4-of-12 shooting, 1-6 from three), 5 rebounds, 3 assists.
Hardaway burst out of the gate aggressively, scoring 10 first half points. His first bucket came on a catch-and-shoot from the right baseline off of an inbounds play. As the game continued, Hardaway, perhaps due to fatigue, began relying on his outside shot rather than attempting to attack the rim. It was an up-and-down performance that should ultimately leave Knicks fans hopeful. His game seems NBA-ready, he just needs more reps.
Jeremy Tyler: 10 points (4-of-9 shooting), 11 rebounds
Tyler was very active in the paint, grabbing 11 total rebounds, five of which were offensive. He exuded a strong inside presence, something that the varsity Knicks might even be able to use once the regular season begins. He was third on the team with 10 points, and appeared to become more comfortable with his role as the game went on. If Tyler can keep this sort of play up, his future can be bright.
Toure Murry: 11 points (4-of-6 shooting), 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Scoring 11 points in just over 12 minutes of action off the bench, Murry dazzled in his Knicks debut. Particularly awe-inspiring was a drive midway through the third quarter, when Murry split a pick-and-roll, drove to the lane and pump-faked before finishing with a beautiful finger roll to give the Knicks a two-point lead. Murry may have earned himself some more minutes going forward in this one.
Its encouraging to see that the Knicks aren't looking to acquire wheel chair granny players like last year and are hoping that some steady play from these youngins to earn a shot at this years current roster... I really do hope that Tyler is consistent, he could have massive role behind Chandler... T.H. Jr. & Leslie need to continue to elevate their game to be ready to compete for an 82 game season, but so far so good...