Toure Murry looked pretty darn good for the Knicks' Summer League team on Monday. That should say a lot, because as New York's 84-71 loss to the Bobcats (Charlotte's SUMMER LEAGUE team) would suggest, not many other guys donning Knickerbocker jerseys played well at all.
Las Vegas Summer League isn't about winning or losing. That's for certain. But when a team loses to the Bobcats' offseason squad in similar fashion as the Knicks did on Monday, it's difficult for any individual on the losing side to stand out for any of the right reasons.
Still, Murry was aggressive, scrappy, and had that necessary extra pep in his step. Coming off the bench for New York, the NBADL champ finished with 8 points and 3 steals through 21 minutes. For what's it's worth, he also had the best plus/minus of any Knick in the losing effort, with -2.
The former Viper put up similar numbers throughout the regular season for RGV, but once the playoffs began, he turned up the heat when it counted the most and emerged as an NBADL Finals hero.
The trick may simply be figuring out where Murry could fit with an NBA team. Is he tall enough to be a swingman? Does he pass enough to be considered a floor general? Listed at 6'5" and 200 pounds, it's easy to understand why Murry is considered more a tweener, Those players often find it tough to stick in The Association.
Nevertheless, the abilities he's put on display for New York this week in Las Vegas suggest he could certainly do some things to help an NBA team. As a third guard off the bench, perhaps Murry could help push the tempo and provide steady defense in bunches.
The are plenty of other worthwhile options (similar ones, at that) for the Knicks to consider for potential training camp spots this coming fall. Still, Murry is showing some potential right in front of New York brass. This makes it easier for the front office to favor him.
That said, they should keep an open mind to other available options currently playing for other NBA teams in Sin City as well. Doing so would truly prove whether or not Murry should be considered the cream of the crop.