Two Knicks big men broke out on Friday in the fourth of five Summer League games in Las Vegas. The game, a 92 – 80 victory over the Detroit Pistons, was a welcome return to the kind of basketball the Knicks were playing prior to Wednesday’s defensive debacle against Toronto. The players, Bill Walker and Jerome Jordan, revived a week that was individually inconsistent, at best.
Jordan, who’s week has been more inconsistent then non – existent, put up 16 points on 6 -9 shooting. He had 11 of those 16 points in the first half. The rookie showed more of a presence on the defensive glass then he had earlier in the week. Six of his seven rebounds came on the defensive end.
The overwhelming weakness for Jordan, however, has been defensive discipline. He got into major foul trouble on Sunday against Denver and fouled out on Friday. What’s more is that, fouling out in Summer League is like fouling out in middle school. Because of the emphasis on evaluating young players instead of punishing them, 10 fouls are given per player per game. To get that kind leniency and still not be able to stay in the game is concerning.
Bill Walker, a guy who also had his foul woes early in the week, broke out on Friday. Expected to be one of the feature Knicks before Vegas – week started, Walker has been a bit of a disappointment. That disappointment took a trip to the slots against Detroit. Walker scored 19 points in 35 minutes. He wasn’t spectacular in any other area of the game, but at this point the scoring is enough.
Landry Fields is not only leading the way for Summer League Knick MVP, but he’s making it tough to argue for anything else. Fields is yet to have a bad game. In fact, he’s yet to have a “down game,” either. The Stanford product had 15 points in 21 minutes. It’s getting hard to find bad things to write about Landry Fields.
Toney Douglas is becoming a summer league disappointment. Five points and two assists for him on Friday. Thank goodness for Raymond Felton because it’s starting to look like maybe Douglas just isn’t ready.
One final note: Andy Rautins took two point field goals in the game. 4-9 from the field, 1-4 from behind the arc, 9 points, an undeniable improvement.
The Knicks are 2-2 in Vegas. The close out the week against the Wizards at 4pm on Saturday.
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
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