With less than a week to go until the start of the NBA regular season, the New York Knicks are getting closer and closer to the deadline for deciding on their 15-man regular season roster. Mike Woodson will have some very tough choices to make, especially among the group of hopefuls at the power forward and center positions, but one of the three remaining roster spots should go to former Wichita State guard Toure’ Murry.
Murry quickly became a fan favorite (well, among fans that watch way too much basketball) during the Vegas Summer League by showcasing his commitment to defense. His strong play has continued in the preseason, and Murry has reportedly impressed Woodson. He has great size and length for a point guard, and he fights through screens on the perimeter to stick to his man. He plays a no-nonsense game with relatively few thrills on the offensive end. Although the point guard position is relatively new to him (he was a shooting guard in college), he’s starting to learn the ins and outs of the pick-and-roll game, and he’s also shown that he can finish at the rim and hit mid-range jumpers. He’s not a top-level ball-handler and he won’t be an explosive player on that end of the floor, but he makes smart plays, making him an ideal backup point guard.
Perhaps with a little work with renowned shooting coach Dave Hopla, he can turn his three-point stroke into a useful asset for the Knicks, allowing them to maintain floor spacing with him on the court. It’s unlikely he’ll see much playing time (barring possible injuries) with three point guards ahead of him on the depth chart, but he might be able to grab a few minutes here and there due to the Knicks’ love of two-point guard lineups. Whatever the case, a hardworking, defensive-minded player will be a welcome presence on a team with some perimeter defense issues.