The New York Knicks have lost six straight games with the team currently on the verge of collapse. After 16 games played in the NBA 2011-12 regular season, the Knicks have a losing record of 6-10 and is surprisingly five games behind the Atlantic Division leader, the Philadelphia Sixers.
One of the main reasons why the New York Knicks are struggling is due to the point guard position. Let’s quickly review all the point guards on the team.
Player Statistics/Per Game
Courtesy of NBA.com
Baron Davis – Injured
Jeremy Lin – D-League
Judging from the “assists” category alone, not ONE guard currently on the New York Knicks 12-man roster has a good assist average. The highest would be Iman Shumpert’s 3.3 per game, which is considerably low given the two All-Stars the Knicks have in Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
Rookie Iman Shumpert has been the starter for the majority of the games, but has been very inconsistent. If it were not for his great defensive play on the floor, New York would be in even deeper trouble. Mike Bibby is getting older and has lost all his steps. Baron Davis, who is still injured due to back problems, does not yet have a timetable in terms of his return. Toney Douglas is still a “shoot-first” guard, which does not help the Knicks at all. Then last but not least, there is Harvard star, Jeremy Lin. Lin currently plays in the D-League for the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks’ development league affiliate. The young guard shows signs of promise and actually just posted a triple-double in his last game against the Maine Red Claws.
I can hear some of you now, “Who cares about the D-League?” Trust me, I most certainly agree, but with all the chemistry issues the Knicks are having at this moment, I think it wouldn’t hurt for the franchise to begin looking at temporary alternatives. At least, until Baron Davis returns.
Fans keep mentioning Baron Davis as the man that would save the New York Knicks season. That’s all fine and dandy, but the guy has not even played one game this year and he’s already being anointed as the “savior.” Don’t get me wrong, Davis will certainly help the Knicks, but to what extent? In the instance that his back gets injured again, what then?
This is exactly the reason why the Knicks should broaden their horizons. Jeremy Lin is a very unselfish guard and will more often than not feed the two big monsters in the New York Knicks lineup [Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire]. If you were able to watch the Knicks/Nuggets game this past Saturday night, you would’ve quickly noticed the Knicks’ lack of fluidity in their half-court sets. New York’s offense heavily relied more on “one on one” type scoring. Amare Stoudemire was non-existent yet again and it almost felt as if the whole team was relying on Carmelo Anthony alone to just shoot his way to a team victory.
Successful teams in the NBA don’t win in this fashion. The Knicks are in desperate need of a new face that’ll hopefully shake things up quickly. Jeremy Lin just might be that guard the New York Knicks are looking for to “point” them to the right direction.
What do you think the New York Knicks need to do in order to change things around? Don’t be shy. Give it a shot.
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