- Toney Douglas’ progression as a point guard.
- Douglas, as he did in the playoffs last season, did not look comfortable running the point in Saturday’s pre-season game vs the New Jersey Nets. In game 2, it will be interesting to see if Douglas shows progression moving the ball efficiently and getting the Knicks into their sets.
- Will Landry Fields show improvements?
- Fields struggled mightily in game 1, continuing his free-fall from grace with Knick fans. Fields has not been the same player since the Carmelo Anthony trade and has admitted to hitting the “rookie wall” last season. In this compressed 66 game season, Fields will need to play extended minutes this year and needs to find the stride he had in the first half of last season. Tonight should be interesting to see whether or not he looks more comfortable in the offense. In game 1, he looked to me like he was pressing too much and trying to make more plays off the dribble. That is not his game. He is a spot up shooter with the ability to create his own shot but he is no Carmelo Anthony. Fields needs to find his rhythm or he may end up finding himself on the bench a lot this year.
- Tyson Chandler’s integration into the offense
- In game 1, Chandler only registered 4 points but it was nice to see them run some nice pick and rolls with him. There were a few times in the game where Chandler was open down low and they didn’t get the ball to him. I think Chandler can be a 10-14 point per game guy with the Knicks. Amar’e and Melo should be such a distraction to the defense that I think Chandler can definitely get his on the offensive end of the floor. I’ll be interested to see tonight if they run more pick and rolls to him. I know the Knicks won’t show their offense tonight but if they are gonna run this pick and roll with him they need to at least see it once or twice in real game action.