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Toney Douglas may actually be the secondary player who is most important to his team's success out of all of them. He's not only the Knicks' 4rd leading scorer since they traded for Carmelo Anthony (behind Melo, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Chauncey Billups), but he's also their best defender, period.
Douglas' hot shooting needs to continue if the Knicks are going to take out the Celtics in round 1. He's made more 3 pointers than anyone else in the NBA since the All-Star break, and he's second to only Melo in the last month.
He stepped his game up in March, averaging 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game on 44% from the field and 42.6% from 3. He decided to then outdo himself so far in April, posting averages of 16.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists on 45.8% from the field and 45.7% from 3 point territory.
Even more than scoring though, he'll be counted on to make sure the Knicks offense runs correctly when Chauncey Billups is out of the game. The Knicks sometimes have a tendency to stall and not concentrate on their ball movement when Billups takes a seat.
His impact will be felt even more strongly on the defensive end of the floor, where he'll be counted on at different times to defend both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. Because Chauncey Billups just isn't fast enough to cover Rondo all game, Douglas will see significant minutes alongside him as a 2-guard, while also playing alongside either Landry Fields or Anthony Carter as a traditional point guard.
His activity level on the perimeter could cause some problems for the Celtics. Playing off Rajon Rondo and forcing him to shoot jumpers is usually the best strategy, but you can also frustrate him by having someone pester him up and down the court.
Douglas will also be tasked with chasing Ray Allen around screens, no small task.