The Knicks finally got a preseason win over the Brooklyn Nets with the final score being 116-98. While some of the starters didn’t play at all (Noah, Rose) their was one player who shined above the rest.
“I LOVE HIM. I LOVE. I JUST LOVE HIS POISE OUT THERE, THE WAY HE CONTROLS THE GAME, CONTROLS THE BASKETBALL”– Carmelo Anthony on Chasson Randle
This is high praise from the leader of the club. No doubt Randle has drawn the attention of his coaches and team president. After putting up 14 points in only 20 minutes (against Brooklyn), many fans fell in love with the young guard out of Stanford. Shooting 55% from the field and 60% from 3 was sure to open a lot of eyes. His command of the third quarter allowed the Knicks to open up the lead and put the Nets away for good.
But just where did this kid come from, after four years in Stanford in which he averaged 16 points per game, the young combo guard went un-drafted. However during his senior year Randle put up 19.6 points and 3 assist per game. Stanford also ran the triangle offense.
Randle spent one year over-seas with the Cez Nymburk club, helping them win the Czech leauge title. While also playing for the Golden state warriors during the summer league.
The Knicks picked him up for their summer league team and he just stuck with the club. His tenacity and control of the game have struck a positive rapport with the Knicks.
The Knicks will need the guard help, having Rose and Jennings respectively. Both guards are dynamic but are also prone to missing games. A third point guard would be a wise move for the Knicks.
Mostly because no one ever wants to see Sasha Vujacic running the point again.
However on a more serious note the Knicks should and most likely will play Rose and Jennings together. Having a third guard will allow for this polarizing due-guard lineup to play a handful of minutes. Hornacek has run mutupile two point guard lineups in Phoniex, which included a steady dose of minutes to the 3rd string guard. But what does the neophyte add to the club?
Randle adds a scoring punch off the bench and some tough defense, just ask Derrick Rose. As Marc Berman tweeted on Sep 26, 16
“CHASSON RANDLE JUST STOLE THE BALL FROM DERRICK ROSE, LEADING TO A GAME-WINNING FASTBREAK BUCKET BY NDOUR.”
The Knicks will have plenty of time to see how Randle handles NBA competition with four more games remaining during summer league. The garden faithful are hoping for Randle to stick around but only time and the ever watchful eye of Phil Jackson will tell.