The Summer League action has rolled on to the West, with Vegas taking center stage, but dagnabbit do I still miss the 2016 Knicks OSL squad. That lovable crew of (mostly) scrubs won our hearts by working their way from a basketball abomination to a surprisingly stout offensive team.
How did each SummerKnick fare in the end? Here are the final stats, per NBA.com:
Pretty damn amazing of Ron Baker finishing with a respectable 37.0% mark from beyond the arc, especially considering how many bricks he tossed up in the first two games. Marshall Plumlee didn't really put up any numbers that would make one feel good about giving him a guaranteed deal, but whatever ... we already knew that.
The MVP of this club, however, was Chasson Randle. Despite missing the first two games, he received an honorable mention for the all-Summer League squad. The combo guard out of Stanford (by way of the Czech league) finished second in the league points per game, third in assists per game (second if you toss out Michael Gbinije, who only played once) and third in steals per game.
Of course, any player can pile up points in the Summer League if their organization cares enough about their development to keep force-feeding them the ball -- Justise Winslow, for example, averaged 16.3 points per game on 29.8 percent from the field. Randle was not that kind of player. He combined scoring and efficiency with the best of them, according to Synergy Sports:
Here's a quick summary of which players stood out offensively at the Orlando Summer League. pic.twitter.com/NcHVP0H5BD— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) July 10, 2016
Randle is up there with Josh Richardson and Cameron Payne, a couple of second-year players who saw playoff minutes last season. That's pretty damn impressive.
Please bring Chasson Randle to camp, Knicks.