Given Jose Calderon's inability to provide the Knicks what they've needed at the starting point guard position, it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll be on the roster next season, let alone remaining a starter.
The Knicks have taken a chance on Tony Wroten, and will begin to explore how much a gamble will eventually pay off when he finally hits the hardwood during the NBA Summer League later this offseason. Even so, though everyone seems to be getting along (Wroten and Calderon included), the youngster had no problem in asserting he'd be the starting floor general for New York next season, late last week.
Such a firing shot in Calderon's direction isn't all that bad. Competition is good, not only if it leads to Wroten raising his game, but also if it lights the fire under Calderon's butt in the process (if/when he goes on to return next season, of course). With an obvious void to fill at the point guard position, the Knicks would only be so lucky if Wroten started and provided them with much of what they crave at the head of their offense.
In a perfect world, Wroten would put an end to many, if not all, of their point guard woes. Nevertheless, they won't have even the slightest inclination of whether or not that could bode true until a few months from now.
But in the meantime, Jerian Grant is going on to excel in his audition as this season comes to a close. Such an exploration period should not be met with pressure for the rookie. Even aside from entertaining Wroten as a potential point guard savior, the Knicks will have the flexibility necessary to explore other worthwhile options. There's no need to set a high expectation for Grant.
Having said that, regardless of whether or not he's capable of starting as soon as next season, Grant is already proving to be reliable. He has very good natured instincts running the offense, though as a youngster, his execution isn't as steady as the thought itself. Grant has been overzealous at times, but at least he has the right mindset. His confidence is growing, too. And his ability to penetrate, attack the basket, and be aggressive is already showing flashes of improvement even in these last few weeks.
Grant has proven to be unselfish when he needs to be, looking to dish out the rock as he draws defenders inside when going at the rim. Such a sacrifice, so to speak, opens up opportunities for others around him along the perimeter.
As his latest performance on Sunday proved (despite the loss), Grant knows how to get the home crowd involved. He knows what to do and which buttons to press in order to rally up the fans. He no longer appears afraid to look for his own offense, either. He's rewarded the coaching staff's confidence, showing flashes of brilliance now that he's been given the green light.
Grant is growing more confident and sure of himself with each passing game, but his maturation process doesn't need to be rushed. The Knicks would love to see Grant serve as the point guard of the future, but even if he goes on to serve as a spark plug off the bench next season, that's still a victory in terms of filling out this team.
Either way, Grant has done enough to prove he can be relied upon in some crucial spots.