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Toney Douglas is a very complex player.
At times, he looks simply amazing, but at other times, New York is left wondering why it drafted him.
The truth is that Douglas has only been a disappointment when the Knicks need him to be a true point guard.
However, this is not how Douglas plays and it is unrealistic of New York to expect him to change now. Douglas, in reality, is really an undersized 2-guard.
Despite this though, Douglas is an extremely effective player. He is averaging nine points, almost three rebounds and two assists in his 20 minutes per game.
He may not be a true point guard, but he can still pass the ball and he is capable of running the offense to a certain extent. But where Douglas really makes his impact is on the defensive side of the ball.
Douglas brings a defensive piece of mind to an offensive-minded team. And this is refreshing.
In 20 minutes per game, Douglas is averaging 1.2 steals, which translates into about three steals per 48 minutes, which is very impressive.
Don't let the Knicks' search for a backup point guard fool you. They are very satisfied with the defensive contribution Douglas makes. This is why you saw Douglas covering Dwayne Wade at times in Sunday night's game. He is capable of handling such duties.
Furthermore, Douglas has the potential to score points in bunches.
He is like Nate Robinson for the Knicks, in the sense he is a very streaky shooter, and once he gets it going he is tough to stop.
He is unlike Nate Robinson in his defensive ways, which the Knicks and their fans embrace.
Without Wilson Chandler coming off the bench, Douglas becomes the Knicks' go-to sixth man.
Look for him to start scoring more points and playing even more aggressive defense.
The Knicks will miss Chandler's contributions on the court, but Douglas will put up offensive and defensive numbers that can help the Knicks power through this transition.