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27 Jun 2017 05:43 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Point guard Frank Ntilikina after he was drafted by the New York Knicks. (Image Source: Frank Franklin/AP Photo)

We will preview the New York Knicks 2017 summer league roster starting with the point guards:

Roster Holdovers: Chasson Randle

As things currently stand, Chasson Randle is the only point guard with any NBA experience currently on the roster. However, his career consists of just 26 games, including 18 with the Knicks last season. Randle averaged 5.3 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game, while shooting a very poor 38.9 percent.

New York’s Free Agents: Derrick Rose

According to reports, Rose wants to remain a Knick, however there are doubts if that’s the right long-term move for the franchise. They need to sign a veteran point guard in the offseason, but overpaying to keep Rose isn’t the answer. If they could keep him with a one- or two-year deal it might make sense, but the assumption is Rose is looking for more than that.

Offseason Additions: Ognjen Jaramaz (2nd Round Pick), G Frank Ntilikina (1st Round Pick)

With a big vacancy at point guard, a position that has been an issue for the organization since they traded Mark Jackson way back when, the Knicks addressed it at the top of the draft. The hope is first-round pick Frank Ntilikina will run the offense for years to come.

Knicks Summer League Preview: Roster Breakdown |

Summer League Roster: Ognjen Jaramaz (Leks/Serbia), G Frank Ntilikina (Strasbourg/France), Chasson Randle (76ers, Knicks)

The Main Attraction: Frank Ntilikina (Last Season: Strasbourg/France): The 18-year old prospect already has two years of professional basketball under his belt in Europe. So, while he may not have logged the minutes or put up the type of numbers that Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. did in college last season, he brings experience playing with men. Ntilikina has the type of length that Phil Jackson loves in his point guards, in addition to his ability to fit into an offensive system because of his European training and background. His wingspan, which is reported to be seven feet or longer by some, will allow him to be disruptive defensively. He’s smart, quick with the ball, and a pass-first point guard with upside down the road as a scorer. A two-way player who is the future for the Knicks but may need a year coming off the bench before he is ready to start.

The Veteran: Chasson Randle (Last Season: Knicks/76ers): After a year playing in the Czech Republic, Randle spent all of last season in the States, starting with a stint on the Westchester Knicks. The Philadelphia 76ers signed him on January 10th and the Knicks added him to their roster on February 27 for the remainder of the season. He reached double figures four times with the Knicks, but really struggled with his shot. Randle has always been more of a scorer than a playmaker, with the ability to play off the ball. Slotted to make $1.3 million this season, he will be competing in Orlando to prove to Knicks brass that he should be their No. 3 point guard.

The Long Shots: Ognjen Jaramaz (Last Season: Mega Leks/Serbia) & Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Last Season: Florida State): The Knicks went back to Europe to select another point guard with the 58th pick of the draft. ESPN’s international draft expert Fran Fraschilla calls Jaramaz a player with “very limited upside” due to his lack of athletic ability or a good outside shot (per the New York Post). His prediction is the summer league will be the only time we will see the Serbian in a Knicks uniform, which is probably accurate for most players selected that late in the second round, however it feels a bit harsh to single him out. The best thing Fraschilla had to say is Jaramaz is he’s a “hard-nosed competitor.” With Ntilikina and Chasson ahead of him at point guard among other backcourt men with lead guard capabilities on the summer league roster it will be hard for the Serbian to get significant minutes in Orlando. Undrafted out of Florida State, the 6’4” Xavier Rathan-Mayes has the size and ability to play either guard position, however his mostly likely ticket to the NBA would be playing the point. It’s unclear how many minutes he’ll be able to earn in the summer, especially at the one, as the Knicks have a glut of guards. A streaky scorer, his playmaking skills improved during his time at FSU.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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