The Knicks turned a horrendous performance against the Miami Heat into a solid job against a strong Clippers team without their first round pick, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Lets get into the biggest award of the night. The Knicks MVP of the game. There were many strong performances but the person who deserves it the most is Jeremy Tyler (once again). Tyler scored 20 points (8-12 shooting), with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. He was great on both the offensive and defensive end of the game ending the game with a +5 PER. WIth Tyler’s strong performances so far in the summer league, he has earned an invite to training camp and there is no doubt in my mind that he shows up there to, impressing many coaches and I don’t see a reason why he won’t make the regular season roster for the Knicks as a backup big.
Some other notable performances came from Toure Murry, C.J Leslie, Terrence Jennings, and Tony Mitchell.
Murry had to leave the game early because of a bruised toe but he only needed 18 minutes to show what he could do. Murry was a stat sheet stuffer as he racked up 2 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He had a highlight play in this game as he did a behind the back pass on a fast break to Jeremy Tyler for an emphatic dunk. Whatever happens to him the rest of the summer league, Murry should be guaranteed a spot on the training camp roster no matter what.
C.J Leslie has been inconsistent throughout the whole summer league but he turned it on in this game as he went off for 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals while shooting a solid 5-8 from the field. Leslie will definitely provide depth at the three for the Knicks when the season starts and judging by his past performances to, he will be a good defender who can score when required come opening night.
Terrence Jennings had another great game as he went off for 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block while maintaining lockdown defense throughout the whole game. Its hard to tell how good a player will be from their summer league performances but Jennings has proven that his game could translate to the next level and with this performance all doubt should be cleared from doubters minds.
Our final standout is Tony Mitchell. Mitchell went off for 15 points (6-13), 4 rebounds, and 1 block. He was great on the break and he defended quite well. He showed the skills he showed off in the D-League and has an outside chance of making the training camp roster.
The only bad performance was once again from Chris Smith. He has improved over the course of the summer league but that doesn’t make him good. He went off for 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Hardly great numbers for someone who got 20 minutes of action.