New York-Detroit: Knicks Lose Again

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IJuly 16, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the eigth overall draft pick by the New York Knicks,  Jordan Hill during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Pistons rookie class outshined New York in a 96-73 win yesterday.

Austin Daye (27-13) and DaJuan Summers (26-8) combined for 53 points and 21 rebounds. Jonas Jerebko, the Pistons' other rookie, was the third best player on the court as he tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit shot 52 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Knicks 51-32.

Toney Douglas struggled from the field again shooting 1-6. However, he had 10 assists and the rookie is showing the ability to lead the offense and defend well.

The points will come as he averaged 21.5 points in his senior season at Florida State.  

Jordan Hill needs to get in better game shape as he lacked intensity on the defensive side. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and one blocked shot. He has yet to dominate the paint or glass, but it's only two games into the summer.

All eyes were on to see if Morris Almond could sustain his shooting touch. He led the Knicks with 17 points in the first game but shot 4-11 and finished with 11 points  (two, three-pointers) versus the Pistons.

The former first round pick has to improve his ball handling skills but his outside shooting touch would be a good fit in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni's system.

Seven-footer Nikoloz Tskitishvili hit half of his eight three point attempts as he finished with 12 points. The former lottery pick (No. 5 overall in 2002) now has seven three-pointers in two games which leads the team.

He was the summer league MVP in 2004 and wants to prove scouts he can still play.

The Knicks face the 0-4 Kings this Friday.