New York Knicks: Who Stood Out At The Open Practice?

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) drives to the basket defended by Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) drives to the basket defended by Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic (18) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic (18) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Sasha Vujacic

If you’re wondering why the New York Knicks keep Sasha Vujacic on the roster, the open practice offered an answer. He exploited every defender who was placed on him—and he did so as both a point guard and a shooting guard.

Whether you love, hate, or feel indifferent about Vujacic being on the roster, it’s clear that he knows how to hold his teammates accountable in practice.

Vujacic recorded 13 points, four assists, and three steals during the Knicks’ most recent preseason outing. He continued to play well at the open practice, converting a rush of jump shots from all over the court.

Whether contested or otherwise, Vujacic made defenders pay for giving him even a sliver of space during the scrimmage at Madison Square Garden.

Vujacic played significant time at point guard, which sends quite the message. Ron Baker received opportunities, and Chasson Randle’s absence certainly played its part, but Vujacic could be the Knicks’ third point guard in 2016-17.

If not, then the Knicks can at least rest easy knowing Vujacic can help stop the bleeding in the event of an emergency.

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