Five Takeaways From First Knicks’ Preseason Game

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Knicks running pick-and-roll.

New York may not have signed the sexy free agents, but they did sign some adequate big men in Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn,and Kevin Seraphin. Last season besides Amar’e Stoudemire, New York did not have any true post-up threat. Cole Aldrich had his hook shot but Fisher rarely played him, players such as Quincy Acy, Lou Amundson, and Samuel Dalembert scrapped for the ball.

We saw Grant run the pick-and-roll with O’Quinn and Seraphin Wednesday night, which is a welcomed sight for Knick fans.

O’Quinn came off the bench and finished the game with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. New York actually has a variable bench! HORRAY! O’Quinn even showed off his range, knocking down a three-pointer. O”Quinn rarely takes shots from beyond the arc but did take 43 three-point field goal attempts last season. O’Quinn only converted 27.9% of his attempts. Preseason is the time to play around with less familiar aspects of your game and O’Quinn is doing just that, which is encouraging to see.

Seraphin with 14 points and 5 rebounds, going 7/11 from the field. Seraphin is another low-post player that New York never had last season. Seraphin signed with New York after being frustrated with his playing time with the Washington Wizards. Seraphin was productive when given the chance to play, averaging 15.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes. Hopefully Seraphin can come off the bench and provide some offense in the low-post this season.

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