Fizdale: “I’m excited for Dot. He ended the season on that bang with the 30-point game and 11 rebounds. He’s had a heck of an offseason. The kid is just a grinder. He’s tough as nails. I’ve given him the ultra green light to let that thing go. I want him getting four or five 3s a game if he can. But what I’ve been really impressed with is how much pride he’s taken in detailed work. The focus on the details of the offense, the details of the defense. He’s really looked in on that stuff. I’ve been really impressed with that.”
David Fizdale on second-year wing Damyean Dotson, who shot 32.4 percent on 3-pointers (68 attempts) with the Knicks and 38.5 percent (78 attempts).
Published on July 6 by MSG Networks
On Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Knicks will gather for their first summer league practice with five players who will be on their main roster — Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, second-round pick and center Mitchell Robinson and second-year center Luke Kornet, who signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal Sunday.
The Knicks are allotted a pair of two-way G-League contracts, for which Allonzo Trier, the undrafted Arizona shooting guard, and power forward Isaiah Hicks are the favorites. Hicks was on a two-way deal last season. Both are on the summer league team that opens play Saturday vs. Atlanta and rookie point guard Trae Young.
The Knicks, sources indicate, will explore moving Courtney Lee as coach David Fizdale eyes a starting unit of Tim Hardaway Jr. at shooting guard and rookie Kevin Knox at small forward.
Lee, whom Fizdale does not consider a small forward, could be extraneous as the Knicks have bigger plans for second-year shooting guard Damyean Dotson and using Frank Ntilikina some at the 2.
Trey Burke describes the voluntary workouts he has been participating in with David Fizdale and a group of Knicks that includes Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks, and Luke Kornet.
As transcribed by Ian Begley:
“We’ll lift first—if we’re not lifting, we’ll hit the track with Bar (trainer Mubarak Malik) and Shimon (Ishakawa).”
“After that we’ll hit the court. Stretch.”
“Then [Fizdale] has us doing all of our finishes, he has us doing all of the stuff with footwork. We’ll literally be there for the first 45 minutes of the workout. We’ll literally be in there for almost an hour just focusing on layups. Just focusing on getting our feet right and shots in the paint, in the middle, fundamentally sound things.”
“And then we’ll move into concepts. He’ll have us doing drills to where this guy slides to the corner and I’m going baseline and I’m hitting him and I have to back out into three. That guy at the top of the key. He has to do something and then we’ll have to rotate. But it’s fast. You have to use your mind. Mentally you have to be locked in.”
“We’ll go from that then we’ll go into something defensive. Our defensive concepts are totally different than what they were last year. So it’s new to all of us. Just learning to get on the same page defensively because we weren’t doing these things last year. Their system is different than what we saw 6-7 months ago.”
“And then by the end of practice, he’ll probably have us doing something competitive where it’s like, two dribbles one on one. Or he’ll have us to one dribble one on one where it’s like guys are just out there lining each other up. And you really have to use the stuff we were just working on to get a good shot off. And everybody’s getting evaluated and that’s the fun part.”
[A group of Mudiay, Ntilikina, Burke, Kornet, Hicks, Williams, and Dotson] has used the time to get into a gym, playing competitive games and working on skills development. One drill Fizdale instituted has been to teach the players how to finish around the rim — a subtle art the Knicks struggled with last season. They finished 17th in the NBA in field goal percentage at the rim in 2017-18, according to Cleaning The Glass. Ntilikina was in the 34th percentile in field goal percentage at the rim, Dotson in the 42nd, and Mudiay in the 55th percentile — a jump from the woeful, bottom-fifth success he had in Denver.
“We’re doing stuff we were pretty weak at last year as a team and individuals,” Mudiay said Saturday in between sessions of a skills camp for children held at NBPA headquarters as part of Go Hoop Day. “Finishing around the basket. We do some containing drills 1-on-1. Stuff like that.”
Even the Knicks never worked out Mitchell Robinson, who will start training with coach David Fizdale at the Knicks’ Tarrytown headquarters. Robinson will join other “Fiz Kids” — Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Emmanuel Mudiay and Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet.
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At the Las Vegas summer league in early July, unless the Knicks draft another point guard, Frank Ntilikina and Dotson could well be the starting backcourt.
And though Fizdale was not part of the decision to select Dotson in the second round last June (No. 44), the Knicks coach has definite plans for the University of Houston product, according to sources.
“Coach is a great guy,” Dotson told The Post in a phone interview. “He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feeding off each other and together. He’s big in to making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy.”
Damyean Dotson took to Twitter to answer questions from fans today. Here are some highlights from his responses, accompanied with video from last season that showcases some of the little things he did well as a rookie.
- Funniest teammate is by far Kyle O’Quinn
- The best sneakers this past year were the PG13’s
- A big focus to his offseason workouts is improving his handle
- Wears 21 because he loved Kevin Garnett growing up
- Best album out right now: KOD by J.Cole
Perhaps most impressive from Dotson’s rookie campaign was his awareness on defense.
Damyean Dotson became the first Knicks rookie to score 30 points and grab 11 rebounds since Patrick Ewing.
Fizdale, whose stated goal is to establish “great relationships” with his players, will bring along two of his young point guards in Ntilikina [as first reported by SNY.tv], Emmanuel Mudiay and their 2017 second-round pick, shooting guard Damyean Dotson, on a trip to Beantown.
The idea behind attending the game is to show [the young players] what it is to play “in the Eastern Conference Finals,” the source said.
Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach.
via Ian Begley, ESPN
Ntilikina, 19, flew in from France on Sunday after spending the past 5 ½ weeks in his homeland. According to an NBA source, Fizdale will conduct his first informal workout with players Monday as the Knicks three young point guards — Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — will be on hand.
Also on hand will be Damyean Dotson, their 2017 second-round pick, and Troy Williams, who played for Fizdale in Memphis.
By Jack Huntley
New York’s 2017 second-round pick, Damyean Dotson, has all the makings to emulate Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson’s game. The next step? Importing a system developed by former Miami assistant coach–and new Knicks head coach–David Fizdale.
Damyean Dotson became the first Knicks rookie to score 30 points and grab 11 rebounds since Patrick Ewing. A breakdown of the little things he did well that contributed to his big night.