Toney Douglas: the Next Charlie Ward?

Adi SCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 13:  Toney Douglas #23 of the Florida State Seminoles dribbles the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during day two of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Knicks have had an interesting offseason to say the least, what with a slew of moves, and even more rumors about more moves. Of all the players that they acquired or may acquire, the one that might be the best down the road is Toney Douglas.

Douglas, who was the 29th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, has been lighting it up in the Summer League.

Now that means pretty much nothing (Nikoloz Tskitishvili was the Summer League MVP one year), but Douglas' skill set and ability remind one of a previous Knick point guard drafted late in the first round from Florida State.

Charlie Ward was a consistent, underrated point guard who helped the Knicks win for several years. He was defensive-minded, would always draw the charge, and would efficiently run the offense and shoot the three ball. Pretty much, he was everything the Knicks needed in a point guard with talent like Allan Houston, Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, and Marcus Camby.

Now, the Knicks don't have talent like that on the roster right now, but with young studs like Wilson Chandler, who can be a 20 PPG scorer, and David Lee, who is a nightly double-double guy, Douglas would be the ideal point guard in this situation. He is defensive-minded, not trigger happy on offense (unlike Chris Duhon), and has the ability to run the offense.

With a potential return of Eddy Curry in the Knicks lineup (note the word "potential"), there are reports that he's in shape and is going to be part of the team's future, but who really knows.

New York needs somebody who can feed the ball inside to Curry, or whoever is their man in the middle.

Ward was the starting point guard for the Knicks for more than a decade, through three major lineup changes (from Starks/Ewing to Houston/Camby to Sprewell/Thomas) and he was always a consistent, smart floor general who was effective on both ends of the floor. 

Douglas can be the guy for the future.