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2010 Summer League

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The Knicks didn?t have a first-round pick in this year?s draft, but did display three second-rounders in Vegas who might be able to make an impact as reserves: forward Landry Fields(notes), sharpshooter Andy Rautins(notes) and 7-foot center Jerome Jordan(notes). Swingman Bill Walker(notes), just 22 years old, also showed promise that he might be ready to become a rotation player.

Amar?e Stoudemire(notes), the new face of the Knicks franchise, supported the young players by attending several of their games.

Rautins wasn't a sharp shooter at all during the games, shooting 32% from the field and 29% from downtown. He also only managed 7 assists in 5 games. Jerome Jordan had flashes, but only blocked 3 shots in 5 games, and those all came against the Lakers. Interesting there's no mention of Toney Douglas and Landry Fields, THE standout, is lumped in with the others.
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Haven't see all 3 games yet...watching the Raptors game on DVR now, but from what I've seen thus far, I'd like to see more Charles Garcia.

Andy Rautins is struggling, but I believe his jump shot is NBA quality. He's had looks and just hasn't knocked them down. He's not a play maker by any stretch. The Knicks have played against players they could have drafted, namely Devin Ebanks, but with their current roster they need shooters so I'm still okay with the Rautins pick although I understand people believing he may not have been drafted. I don't believe that to be true.

Landry Fields, as we said on draft night, is a player.

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The Knicks will open up their Las Vegas Summer League today at 4:00 P.M. against the Nuggets. The game will be broadcast on NBA TV.

Personally, I'm very excited to see how much Toney Douglas has developed and if Bill Walker can elevate his game to be a major contributor. It's easy to tell in the summer league because if you notice a real disparity here it usually means they are not only ready to be on a roster but to contribute.

Also, interesting note in the New York Times today, that new point guard Raymond Felton played for Dan D'Antoni's AAU team. And, a great quote from Mike D'Antoni on Anthony Randolph.

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