The New York Knicks have a lot of unanswered questions so far during the preseason. Some of those questions have to do with who will claim the final roster spots.
Point guard Toure Murry is doing his best to make it an easy decision for Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson and his coaching staff.
After a very good showing in the Las Vegas Summer League, Murry is putting together a very nice training camp, and looks to being close to have a roster spot locked up.
The Knicks will likely keep one of Cole Aldrich, Ike Diogu or Josh Powell as a backup big man, but with C.J. Leslie struggling and likely to be cut, Murry right now could be the favorite to claiming a spot that before camp was perceived to go to Leslie, being that he is on a partially guaranteed contract.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that Murry’s stock is indeed rising, not only with the Knicks, but around the league. If Murry doesn’t find a way to make the Knicks roster, it is likely that the Miami Heat will sign him.
Woodson seems to be a fan of Murry’s, telling Berman:
“I liked him from summer,’’ Woodson said. “He’s a kid whose made the transition from 2 to the 1. He’s holding his own. I like the fact he defends and can pretty much get the ball where he needs to get it to make plays. You don’t find in that a lot in young players.” I think once he actually learns the league and what defensive concepts are about, he’s going to be a pretty good player.’’
Murry can play both guard spots and has showed off his skills in the Knicks preseason contests, most recently scoring in 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 25 minutes in a 98-89 win over Washington,
On the surface, it looks as if Murry has a roster spot all but locked up.
However the Knicks could always elect to keep Chris Smith, the brother of J.R. Smith, who Murry has clearly outplayed to date. Smith has shown that he has no business even being in an NBA camp, but politics play a part in a lot of things.
If Smith would make the roster ahead of Murry, it would have nothing to do with basketball ability or how either player could help the team.
Hopefully for Murry, politics won’t play a part in the final decision.
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