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Emergence of Toney Douglas

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It’s a bloody good thing the New York Knicks’ second-year point guard Toney Douglas wasn’t playing this well a month ago.

It might have predated his being draped in Denver powder blue right about now, as another casualty of the Nuggets’ crop of young Knicks talent residual to New York’s recent acquisition of Western Conference stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

Coming off last night’s 20-point performance, everything about Douglas’ game has looked crisp over the past couple weeks.

Turnovers are down, and the drives to the hoop are purposeful. Douglas’ recent three-point shooting spate has been uncanny, and all season long he has been one of the few Knicks to consistently compete on the defensive side of the ball.

Should the emergence of the soon-to-be 25-year-old’s game be something more than an extended mirage, the Knicks suddenly find themselves deep in backcourt riches with the exceeding potential to border on something very special.

Toney Douglas has played great since stepping in for an injured Chauncey Billups. Perhaps due to tutoring from the veteran Billups, Douglas has cut down on his turnovers and has averaged around six assists a game in this stretch.

Toney’s shooting has been great, and on Monday he was lights out from behind-the-arc, but we knew he was a good, albeit streaky, shooter early on. Still his ability to be a field general, while continuing to shoot the ball well and drive to the basket has made him a great weapon for the Knicks.

Let us not forget about his defense either. One of the top defensive players in college, Douglas has brought an intensity to the defensive side of the ball that the Knicks needed. As I mentioned in my recap of the Jazz game, he has shut down opposing guards he faced, which have included Chris Paul and Devin Harris.

For this season he looks to be part of a great three, and possibly four man rotation if Anthony Carter continues to get play time, at guard for the Knicks. With a backcourt like that and a frontcourt with Amare and Carmelo, the Knicks could be a real threat come playoff time.

Looking into the future, it would be great if Douglas can emerge as a starter for us. Next year will probably be Chauncey’s last with New York and if we can have Toney as our point guard of the future we could avoid giving up all our remaining cap space to a guy like Chris Paul or Deron Williams, and instead get a center that we desperately need.

If we could somehow land a guy like Tyson Chandler or Nene, or a player of their caliber the following offseason, we can become the team to beat in the East.

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Knicks Dominate Jazz 131-109

For the first time in the Melo era the Knicks have recorded back-to-back wins. Yesterday it was a decisive win against the 5th seed Atlanta Hawks, tonight it was against the new-look Jazz. While the Jazz no longer have the look of a playoff team after the retirement of Jerry Sloan and the trade of Deron Williams, they are still a capable team.

For starters it is looking like Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are figuring out how to play together. Both players scored 30+ points on very efficient shooting. Anthony was 12-16 for 34 points, while Stoudemire added 31 on 12-15 shooting. If these guys can continue to dictate things on the offensive end, while shooting efficiently, the Knicks should be able to play with anyone.

Even more impressive for the two superstars was their play on the defensive end. Both players have been known to put up lackluster efforts on that side of the court throughout their careers, but the past couple of nights they have had some great efforts. Perhaps playing in NY was the boost they needed, because their play has me looking forward to a possible upset come playoff time.

Moving past the stars, Toney Douglas had a great night as  he continues to fill in for Chauncey Billups. Since taking over the starting spot, Douglas has had some great scoring performances and has done a good job dominating his opponent on defense. He shut down Chris Paul in New Orleans, and tonight put a number on Devin Harris leaving him 0-7 from the field. More importantly he dished out six assists while only recording one turnover.

With the win in hand early in the game many players on the Knicks bench got some burn. The bench has been playing well for the Knicks, pretty impressive considering they have been without Bill Walker and Ronny Turiaf. Their play should give us some confidence about our depth heading into the postseason.

It was tough to give up so many players in the trade, but right now it is looking like the Knicks made the right move. It is only seven games in, but Carmelo has the team playing on a different level, and with so many players stepping up on the bench the loss of role players doesn’t hurt as much.