Following an already active offseason acquiring point guards, the New York Knicks are interested in signing the George Washington graduate, Tony Taylor Jr. After inviting Tony for a workout last week, they are excited by the potential of the young player:
“The more I’ve watched Tony develop since GWU, the more he reminds me of Isiah Thomas. I’m not afraid to say it,” Bass added. “Close your eyes and picture him in a pair of Pistons’ blue shorts during his highlight reel and tell me I’m crazy.”
Although I very interested in the upside of Tony, I just don’t see any valuable playing time coming his way this season. Just like last season, the Knicks will have a log jam at the point guard slot between Raymond Felton, Jason Kid, and Pablo Prigioni if they decide to sign Tony. And unlike last season, everyone one of these players can still play effective basketball. Tony will be spending most of his time on the bench only coming in the game in dire situations or “garbage” time.
There is no denying Tony’s talent, but the Knicks would be wiser to save this last roster spot for a younger big man. Behind both Stoudemire and Chandler have two of the oldest—but still serviceable—veterans in the league between Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas. The Knicks need a big with more life in his legs and will attack the offensive glass relentlessly.
Enter Lou Amundson.
The bruising center (who the Knicks have express interest in) may be still raw offensively but he’s a sparkplug and fan favorite in any game he enters. The Knicks could use him (to the crowd’s delight) in up tempo lineups and watch him fly all around the court competing.
All in all, Tony will not be a bad investment by the Knicks, but as a rookie he needs a better situation to grow as a player and see more valuable playing time.