New York Knicks: 3 Important storylines to follow in training camp

Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, New York Knicks. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks: Who is the 2nd scoring option?

The Knicks will still be led by Julius Randle, fresh off a season where he completely turned around his reputation to the tune of 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game while shooting over 41% from three.

While his overall numbers may decrease due to the talent added to the rest of the starting lineup, he’ll still be the number one option when the team needs a bucket.

That brings up the question, who comes next? RJ Barrett filled the role last season, performing admirably as the number two option while putting up 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds on a nightly basis. As he enters his 3rd season, he could be in line for more touches.

While Barrett could hold onto his secondary scoring role, the addition of Kemba Walker may change Thibodeau’s mind. Walker disappointed fans in his final season with the Celtics, but he still averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 36% from three.

The Knicks also added sharpshooting wing Evan Fournier in a sign-and-trade. While it may be unlikely that he sees more opportunities than Walker and Barrett, it’s important to remember that he was the second scoring option on multiple Orlando Magic playoff teams.

It’ll be an interesting competition and the outcome is mainly predicated on Barrett taking another leap. If he can maintain his efficiency while scoring 20+ points every night, he should remain the team’s second-leading scorer.

If Kemba Walker can return to his Charlotte Hornets form and avoid recurring knee injuries that have mounted in recent years, then he’ll nab the title of number two option.

Either way, the Knicks are going to put up a lot more points this season. That’ll ring true no matter who scores more.