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SummerMagic 84, SummerKnicks 73: Damyean Dotson just plays within himself

Knicks won the third quarter!

NCAA Basketball: Tulsa at Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Well the Knicks lost again. If only they had a lanky floor general that was tall enough to see over the defense and punish teams that left him open. Oh well. I guess we’ll just have to assume the idealized version of Frank Ntilikina has this team humming. He’s finding Damyean Dotson coming off screens and using his big frame to screen him open for those cute little corner pindowns the Knicks perpetually Triangulate. The Knicks don’t improve their lottery odds, but they improve their loss total to four after this one.

Good stuff

  • I think Ognjen Jaramaz has got the goods, not unlike Madelyne Woods. Right now he’s stuck in the land of bulldozer finesse. So he’ll need to add some calm before his storm, if you know what I’m saying. Nevertheless, the jump shot looks better than the shot selection (9-9 from the free throw line). He isn’t just jacking them up but he’ll need to figure how his speed can match up with and compete against the NBA’s incredible guards. He’s not ready, but he’s not lost.
  • Triangle or not, Dotson takes good paths to get where he wants to around the court. He also has a knack for baiting guys on the direction they wish he would take only to sneak behind a few bodies and find some daylight then run to it and get his feet set to catch and cause trouble. Then as a playmaker he did a heck of job squeezing in some tough pocket passes and making the advance pass or the extra pass to force the defense into early-scramble mode.
  • Then on defense, Damyean does a great job of getting square and making the offensive player commit before ever swiping or sending them into help or space. He really reads the game quite well. Like I said in the preamble, this is summer league and not too much need be set in stone. But a guy never tripping over his own feet and consistently giving his team and teammates the path toward success on play after play is encouraging stuff for a team that looks like it will be heartily seasoned with inexperienced NBA players.
  • Jamel Artis looks so cozy when the pace ramps up. He seems more engaged and determined when everyone is streaming around the court. His feel for the game really stands out. Genuinely looking for guys to spring free and he keeps attacking until something cracks open. At this point it’s safe to say he deserves a training camp invite at the extreme least. Led the Knicks in scoring with 13 (3-4 from downtown).

Bad stuff

  • Chasson Randle is just not getting it right. Five more summer-turnovers for the scoring guard. He dug in a little more on defense but he seems overmatched right now.
  • Marshall Plumlee is just a stag in a doe world. A dag in a so world.
  • Luke Kornet is tall, yes, but man did Przemek Karnowski just go directly through that kid. YIKES!

Ok, almost done here in Orlando. Frankie Teardrop is almost certainly done for the summer too, unfortunately. We’ll see him eventually. As for the rest of these prospects, tomorrow morning against the Miami SummerHeat, can they keep the tank rolling?