Quantcast
X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NBA New York Knicks

New York Knicks: 5 Storylines To Follow Heading Into Summer League

New York Knicks: 5 Storylines To Follow Heading Into Summer League

Tim Hardaway Jr.
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

With the Las Vegas Summer League just a week away, here are some of the storylines to look out during the New York Knicks' week in the Sin City.

5. Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler Have a Chance to Shine

Cole Aldrich Jeremy Tyler New York Knicks
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

5. Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler Have a Chance to Shine

Jeremy Tyler Cole Aldrich New York Knicks
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After seeing limited minutes during the 2013-14 season, big men Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich wiget a chance to play their way on to the New York Knicks roster in the summer league. After trading away starting center Tyson Chandler, the Knicks lack depth in the frontcourt, and these two guys showed some promise last season when given the opportunity. This is their chance to impress Phil Jackson and a Knicks organization that is open to change.

4. Progression of Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. New York Knicks
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

4. Progression of Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. New York Knicks
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

One of the only bright spots of a gloomy season for the New York Knicks was Tim Hardaway Jr. The sharpshooter came out and had a pretty good season from beyond the arc, shooting 36.3 percent from three and scoring 10.2 points per game, enough to put him on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. His size, athleticism and potential have Knicks fans ecstatic, so everybody should be excited how much this guy has improved since season's end.

3. Shane Larkin's New York Knicks Debut

Shane Larkin New York Knicks
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

3. Shane Larkin's New York Knicks Debut

Shane Larkin New York Knicks
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After being traded to the Knicks a couple of days before the NBA Draft, Shane Larkin will start his sophomore campaign and debut as a Knick in the summer league. After breaking his ankle last year during summer league practice, this will give Larkin a chance to have a good start to his season and help improve his game. The Knicks will need depth at the point guard position, and the young and quick Larkin has the opportunity to help.

2. Derek Fisher's New York Knicks Debut

Derek Fisher New York Knicks
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2. Derek Fisher's New York Knicks Debut

Derek Fisher New York Knicks
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Head Coach Derek Fisher. If you don't think that has a ring to it, then you better get used to it. He is making his coaching debut during the summer league, which is beneficial to both himself and his players. He can get to know them, help teach them the newly-imported triangle offense, while he can get used to roaming the sidelines as opposed to playing. This will be a huge help for a team that is trying to grow and improve.

1. Cleanthony Early's New York Knicks Debut

Cleanthony Early New York Knicks
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1. Cleanthony Early's New York Knicks Debut

Cleanthony Early New York Knicks
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This is another debut that is huge on both a personal and team level. Early will be one of the more talented players on this team, and despite being the 34th overall pick, he can prove he is one of the best prospects coming from this year's draft. With Carmelo Anthony potentially leaving, he could become a day-one starter, and having a solid week in the summer league will be huge for the former Wichita State stud.