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Tulsa 66ers' Guard Tony Taylor To Work Out For New York Knicks

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Tony Taylor's path to the NBA officially started with a workout with the Knicks last summer. After spending the season with the Tulsa 66ers, Taylor is back in the Big Apple and ready to show his home town team the progress he's made in the D-League.

It's been quite a year for Tony Taylor.

Just under a year ago, Taylor's agent, BJ Bass, spoke up and went to bat for his client. He saw the immense amount of potential in the GWU alum, and was passionate about making sure everyone else did, too.

Intrigued by Taylor enough, New York Knicks' General Manager Glen Grunwald hosted the point guard at the team's training facility. Days later, Taylor was observed by Grunwald and a handful of other NBA executives during a group scrimmage at Basketball City in the Big Apple. The Knicks brought Taylor in for a more private workout later in the summer as well.

The Knicks weren't the only team interested in Taylor, as the guard was in talks to join about any one of a handful of NBA teams in time for training camp.

Ultimately, the NBA D-League proved to be Taylor's next destination. He progressed through a season of experience and exposure to the professional level. On his way to earning All-NBADL Rookie Third Team honors, Taylor was a masterful floor general for the Tulsa 66ers during the minor league postseason.

It'll be a busy summer for the young gun, as he's set to play for the Thunder in Orlando, the Heat in Las Vegas, and will participate in a free agent workout with the Magic soon as well.

But first, things appear to be coming full circle. Taylor is set to workout for the Knicks yet again.

Both Bass and Taylor are from New York, so there's no doubt they'd both take solace in watching the neophyte soon play for the home town team. With Jason Kidd now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the Knicks will have a void to fill at point guard. Could Taylor be a worthy enough candidate to step in?

He'll have the opportunity to state his case once again, as Taylor will participate in a free agent workout with New York on Thursday.

Of course, there are plenty of players who could too become candidates to complete a three-headed monster at point guard for the Knicks, along with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.

That said, Taylor is on the younger side, which might actually be exactly what the Knicks need. Running the old dogs ragged this season proved to be a big part of the team's undoing. An injection of youth to balance things out may not be the worst thing in the world.

Even so, Taylor is a mature player with NBA-level instincts. He makes the right decisions on the court more often than not, because he knows how to play the game and get his teammates involved.

More on Thursday's workout as it develops.