New York Knicks’ 5 Early Standouts From Summer League

New York Knicks' 5 Early Standouts From Summer League

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The 2013-14 season was disastrous for the New York Knicks, as they missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Injuries derailed them, and they will look to reshape the roster back into a playoff contender. That process starts in the Summer League as the Knicks will have their first look at some of their younger players. Here are five standouts thus far from their Summer League.

5. SF Cleanthony Early

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5. SF Cleanthony Early

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Early did not look intimidated at all in his first NBA action, performing on both ends of the court. He showed off his range, knocking down a couple jumpers, and showcased his athleticism with a monster dunk in transition. He finished with 13 points in the game, second highest on the team. He plays both ends of the court well, and should find his way into minutes right from the start with the Knicks.

4. PF Jeremy Tyler

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4. PF Jeremy Tyler

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Tyler did not play major minutes, playing just over 13 minutes, but scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds. He committed more fouls than anything though, something he definitely needs to work on if he is to get consistent minutes when it matters. Tyler is still young and developing, and if given the time, could help the Knicks out off the bench. Right up against the cap, finding younger players like this helps out a lot.

3. PG Shane Larkin

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3. PG Shane Larkin

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How the Knicks got Larkin, the 18th overall pick from the 2013 draft, is still unanswerable for some people but the Knicks are happy to have him. He brings youth, quickness, speed and athleticism to a position the Knicks have elder statesmen at. Against his old team, Larkin filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. He should fit in nicely as the backup to Jose Calderon and provide a spark off the bench.

2. C Cole Aldrich

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2. C Cole Aldrich

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The four-year NBA veteran had a big impact for the Knicks in the first Summer League game, and may have finally found a role in the league. Aldrich provided a presence in the paint, pulling down 15 rebounds and blocking three shots, while adding nine points as well. Aldrich looked comfortable in the triangle offense, and is a natural fit at the high post with the ball in his hand. He should carve out a solid role for the Knicks this season.

1. SG Tim Hardaway Jr.

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1. SG Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Summer League is a place Hardaway Jr. should shine at, and that is exactly what he has done. He poured in a game-high 25 points against the Dallas Mavericks in the first game, as he was aggressive attempting 15 shots and 12 free throws. He also added five rebounds and two assists, two categories the Knicks will hope he improves in this season. If he can continue augmenting his offensive game as well, the Knicks will have a special player.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network

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