JUST NOT READY
So where does that leave Chris Smith and Toure Murry?
Murry, at 6’5” and 190-pounds, helped lead Rio Grande to the NBA D-League Championship last season, averaging 8.3 points, on 45.6 percent shooting, with 2.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.61 steals over 23.5 minutes in 46 regular season games (30 starts).
I watched him in every game this summer in Vegas, where he averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals over 20.8 minutes in five games. He plays solid, Walt Frazier like defense, and should be stashed in the D-league, if Felton falters, he could work with Prigioni and Udrih.
Smith, 6’2”, 195-pounds, averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 19.9 minutes in five games for the Knicks team in Las Vegas.
The problem was his shooting was poor; he often turned over the ball and probably would not have been signed if it wasn’t for his brother.
Smith, who helped Louisville reach the 2012 Final Four, needs to work on his game and needs to excel this year in the D-league or the closest thing he will get to the NBA is the tattoo (nice gesture) of his brother on his back.
The point is this.
The point guard is germane to win in the NBA this year. Oklahoma City was lost last year once Russell Westbrook went down.
San Antonio would not have almost defeated the Heat without Tony Parker. He literally took over the game when the game was close. He was so disruptive he was often covered by LeBron James.
So Felton better watch his back or their will be a new point guard starting for the Knicks by the end of the season.
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a Best Selling author www.drerickaplan.com