With the recent injury struggles and woes for Derrick Rose, the severe lack of depth at the point guard position for New York has been exposed.
Brandon Jennings has far better chemistry with the reserves compared to the starting unit. Ron Baker is a rookie who has had a moment or two but isn’t one who instills confidence. Sasha Vujacic has passed his best before date and it’s mind-boggling how he is still in the NBA, let alone possessing a roster spot.
Meanwhile, during all of this, Chasson Randle, who seemed to be the find of the summer and one of the nice surprises for the Knicks during the preseason, is absolutely running amuck in the NBA Development League. Despite having suffered an orbital fracture and missing three weeks, the Knicks made a huge mistake in cutting the former Stanford Cardinal.
Randle has made headlines in the past few days for his ridiculously outstanding play, however he has been at it all season long, sitting seventh in the league in scoring at 22.7 points per game. Back to his play as of late, though. Over the past two games Randle dropped 38 against the Texas Legends and followed it up with 36 against the Austin Spurs. The most impressive part of this is that he has shot 55.8% from the field and what is even more unbelievable is that he has shot 16/20 from long range in that stretch.
More importantly however is that Randle has led the Westchester Knicks to a record of 8-4 which tops their division and is third in their conference. Not only is he scoring the ball but he is also leading by example and vocally and it is paying dividends for Westchester.
Randle would be of great benefit for the Knicks, mainly due to his defensive prowess and shooting ability. All of the Knicks guards have had their struggles defensively but Randle showcased throughout the exhibition season his ability on the defensive end. The 23-year-old has an athletic frame and his lateral movement and quickness is quite good, and better than any current New York guard. Randle also had a knack for getting into the passing lanes and coming up with steals as well as wreaking havoc with his active hands on the ball as well.
As was previously mentioned, Randle has been on a tear scoring the ball and his main weapon has been the jump shot. The former Cardinal displayed the ability to shoot in the preseason well, impressing teammates and coaches with his mid range touch as well as his range which extended well beyond the three point line. The long ball is an area especially where Knicks point guards have struggled, with Rose shooting 23.5%, Jennings hitting just 30.7% of his shots and rookie Ron Baker shooting the same as Rose.
It is truly astounding that Sasha Vujacic, whom has no value to this team, holds a spot in the roster over Chasson Randle. He has proven both during the preseason and during his time with Westchester that he is both an excellent defender and shooter. He is just 23 years of age and he has a world of potential. Randle and his skill set and potential are worthy of a spot on the main roster, especially of Vujacic.
It’s time for Chasson Randle.