Chasson Randle first debuted with the New York Knicks during their 2016 Summer League competition in Orlando. Randle played extremely well throughout the summer and was a fan favorite. Most believed he was a lock in to make the final roster. However a late injury during the summer caused the Knicks to hold off on signing him to the official 15 man roster. They instead bought up Wichita State guard, Ron Baker. Randle went on to sign with the Knicks development team (Westchester Knicks) in the NBA D-League and played noticeably well following his injury. He was signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers a partially guaranteed contract for the remainder of the season but was later waived to make space for their new additions following the trade deadline. With the waiving of point guard Brandon Jennings, the Knicks needed to fill that void. They finally gave Chasson Randle the call up fans have been waiting for.

In his first game playing more than garbage minutes, Chasson Randle seemed to take control of the game against the Orlando Magic. After starting the game off sluggish and falling behind early, the Knicks managed to find their energy and turned things around. The most interesting piece to take from this game, was that this is the first game the Knicks have won without Carmelo Anthony on the court since 2015. The game turned around for the Knicks due to the spark and effort from their bench. Led by Chasson Randle, the Knicks bench managed to get them back in the game and take the lead. Randle turned in 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. One of his assists came on an outlet pass to Mindaugas Kuzminskas leading to a nice highlight dunk.

This game was the first where Chasson Randle was able to play and truly run the point. At Stanford University, where he is the all-time scoring leader, he played in a system that ran the triangle offense. His understanding and capability to run the system showed when he was on the court with the Knicks as they have been running the triangle to the liking of Phil Jackson much more now. Randle showed that he can man the point and utilize the triangle offense to win basketball games. The Knicks have been struggling as team to grasp the concept behind the triangle offense however, if Randle continues to show he can run that offense then he may be the one for the job.

 

 

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