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New York Knicks Need to Unleash Toure Murry

January 21st, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Matt Agne

In the wake of the news that Beno Udrih has requested a trade one thing has become abundantly clear. It is time for the New York Knicks to take the training wheels off and unleash Toure Murry. This is New York's chance to develop Murry and see exactly what they have in the young guard.

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

There are very little New York Knicks fans who would fight the fact that Raymond Felton is one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA. That's not to say that Felton can't play at this level. Clearly he can. However, Felton is much more suited as a backup than he is as a starting point guard.

The defense is much stronger and the offense runs better when Pablo Prigioni is on the floor. The problem is, Prigioni spent most of his prime playing career overseas. At this point, he can't be considered part of the teams future.

The next in line is Beno Udrih. However, he's asked his way out of town. With that being said, Toure Murry was battling Udrih for playing time already and will now find it easier to get onto the floor.

That's a good thing for Murry but a better thing for New York. It would seem that Murry has the skills to be a good player on the NBA level. He has great length and moves his feet well which allows him to play solid defense. Offensively, he can score because of his years as a shooting guard, is very good at running the floor and has improved all season with his developing point guard skills.

Does he make his mistakes? Of course he does. He's basically still learning on the job. That being said, the 24-year-old is built (6’5”, 195 pounds) for the modern, PG-driven NBA. His quickness allows him to stay in front of players on the perimeter and his length makes him a nightmare to shoot over.

'Knicks Vs. New Jersey Nets 12/6/09' photo (c) 2009, Bari D - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

That's not to say that Murry is a ready-made starter let alone star point guard. Actually, he's never really been a player that puts up a huge box score. However, he's an efficient and consistent offensive player. That being said, his Per 36 projections are respectable at 12.5 points, 2.3 steals, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

Something that stats don't show is how Murry is skilled at pushing the ball up the court. That's something that helps the games of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert. It also allows the Knicks to get into their offense quickly which is particularly important considering how many player love to play isolation basketball on the Knicks. We're looking at you Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony!

Another result of pushing the ball up the court is scoring easy transition baskets. That's something the Knicks need to start doing if they're going to be successful moving forward. It also causes your team to draw more fouls and, quite frankly, getting to the free throw line is something the Knicks just don't do enough.

During his tenure here Woodson has shown that he has major trust issues with rookies. However, Murry isn't the typical rookie. He's older and has more experience. That being said, even if he didn't he deserves a shot to prove he belongs.

It's unusual that the Knicks ever have a chance to develop a young guard. Then when you realize he's playing on a cheap contract and appears to have a bright future ahead of him the situation seems even less Knicks-like. That's something the team needs to take advantage of. It's time for the Knicks to learn what they have in Toure Murry.

Tags: Amare Stoudemire, Basketball, Beno Udrih, Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Toure Murry

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