Rautins to Play in D-League?

Although Knicks’ coach Mike D’Antoni said during preseason that his team was deep enough for him to play up to eleven players per game, he has since trimmed his rotation down to a more common nine guys, and rookie Andy Rautins seems to be one of the odd men out.

via MSG.com

One player you might not be seeing on the Knick bench for much longer is rookie Andy Rautins. D’Antoni told reporters yesterday that the team is considering sending Rautins to the Knicks’ D-League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts so he’ll have an opportunity to get some experience playing point guard. Any such move probably won’t happen until the Knicks return from their current West Coast trip.

With the Knicks already loaded at shooting guard (Kelenna Azubuike is set to return from his knee injury and players like Roger Mason Jr. and Bill Walker are still sparring for minutes in the rotation), the team was hoping Rautins could eat up some minutes at the one and evolve into a more traditional point guard.

Unfortunately for Rautins, Raymond Felton and Toney Douglas have been more than sufficient taking up all the time at the position thus far. Here at Knicks Journal, I have been raving all week about the kind of leader Felton has become on the court. Douglas, however, is more of a scoring guard, so there is certainly the opportunity for Rautins to play, should he develop more of an effective passing and strong ball-handling centered skill-set.

Until then, while Rautins may be known as one of the team’s purest shooters, the minutes simply are not there.

More to come on Felton’s evolution and whether or not the D-League is the right place for Rautins this week on Knicks Journal.

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