New York Knicks: Baron Davis Might Be The Savior For The Future, But Jeremy Lin Would Be The Answer Right Now

By CDR
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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

Mike Bibby

Baron Davis – Injured

Toney Douglas

Iman Shumpert

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.

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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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23 Responses to New York Knicks: Baron Davis Might Be The Savior For The Future, But Jeremy Lin Would Be The Answer Right Now

  1. Great work Christian, I agree. Bring Lin up for at least 5 games or so and see what happens, man… the Knicks blew it when getting rid of Billups!

    My Kings are in better shape for the future than the Knicks!

    • CDR says:

      Most definitely Bobby! it doesn’t hurt to try something new, after all, the “old” hasn’t been working so give it a shot. Might actually be worth it.

  2. Sam Brief says:

    The Knicks definitely need a savior. Lin obviously shows potential, but I feel that the Knicks’ issue is chemistry. Melo and Anthony need to figure out how to coexist in MSG. Great post!

    • CDR says:

      Chemistry is definitely something the Knicks are lacking… Your exactly right with Melo and Stat! This is the reason why sometimes it’s not always good to put two amazing stars in the same team. I think both players can definitely co-exist, but in order for this to happen, a point guard will need to become the intermediary and assist in the process.

    • Sam Brief says:

      Yes, and the guys on their current roster aren’t going to get it done for them in the long term. Bibby and Davis are too old, while Douglas isn’t the answer.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I see your point CDR as the Knicks need a PG that can truly facilitate an offense the same way Billups and Felton did. I just don’t think it’s fair to use the assists per game as legitimate evidence of that since Shumpert is more of a SG by nature and the Knicks don’t even expect him to run the point well or not to mention that Bibby and Douglas don’t play a sufficient amount of consistent minutes each night, so theie stats are going to look worse than they would had they been receiving starter’s minutes.

    • CDR says:

      Hey Jonathan! Thanks for stopping by and I welcome your opinion! This is exactly my point. I used the “assists” reference to inform people that all the guards in the Knicks roster are not true point guards.. Iman Shumpert is most definitely suited as an SG, we already talked about Toney Douglas, Bibby won’t cut it, which is why they should give Jeremy Lin a chance. It doesn’t hurt to bring him up and see what he can do for the team.

  4. Great write up Christian. Enjoy the game today. cheers!

    • CDR says:

      You too man. It’s going to be very interesting the whole day! I wonder what Mr. Sportsglutton is going to be preparing in terms of food for the Super Bowl… Hmm… hehe

  5. Christian, why not? This club needs an injection of something to get them going. Amare seems to almost be pouting he’s not the man. What exactly did he expect when Melo arrives? Your suggestion would energize the Garden crowd. They even seem to be bored with it all right now.

    • CDR says:

      I know Bruce! That’s what I’m saying… this roster is not going to work in the long run, they need something… ask Spike Lee to play for goodness sakes. hehe Thanks for the comment.

  6. Here’s the thing, bra.

    If the Knicks are going to pin their hopes on Baron Davis after dropping all that coin on both ‘Melo and Amare, well then let’s just say Dolan is as much of a dunce as he always was.

    If he’s not careful, he’s going to lose one of those guys. It’s already bad enough they’ve lost six straight and are, imagine that, a poor defensive team.

    Someone please tell that organization my services are for hire for a nominal fee.

    • CDR says:

      Well said Chris. It’s getting worse and going down the wrong direction fast. I am telling you, Jeremy Lin! The Knicks need unselfish players in their team and Lin would be a great guy to plug in. It’s either that or Chris Humpherys… time to start working out man! hehe

    • tophatal says:

      CDR

      I don’t think it’ll matter whom the Knicks bring and place on that roster ! You could bring back Willis Reed for all that it’d matter , that team may well make the playoffs but they have no chance of going deep into the postseason .

      tophatal ………..

    • CDR says:

      Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis? hehe Willis Reed was a baller!!!

  7. tophatal says:

    CDR

    Why is everyone so overly impressed with the Knicks ? Until D’Antoni has these players playing a lick of defense they’ll continue to be no more than average team at best . Their record (6-10) at present bears this out not only within their division but also in the conference .

    tophatal …………

    • CDR says:

      Hey Alan,

      Glad you could make it to the Knicks discussion party. So many people have so much to say about the Knicks… maybe because they were so hyped up before the season. They definitely do not play good defense, which is why they got Chandler to solidify the front court… He can only do so much and right now I agree, the Knicks look very average.

  8. chappy81 says:

    Having followed both Lin and Davis a lot as a Warriors fan, I would worry about putting Lin in there. Yes, he can pass, but sometimes he tries to get to fancy and turns it over too much. He’s also a terrible defender, but in the end, the Knicks don’t play any defense.

    Good luck with BD. He should be motivated playing in NY, but if he isn’t be prepared for him jacking up threes from a different area code…

    • CDR says:

      Hey Chap,

      Glad you can make it bro. Thanks for the comment and I look forward to hearing from you more often! Yes, I know Lin might feel as if the Knicks are shooting in the dark, but seriously, the Knicks need SOMETHING… Team defense is obsolete with the exception of Chandler and Shumpert. Lin might not be the best defensive guard, but he could certainly spread the floor and get those easy fast breaks. BD will help but his back might not be able to take the brunt of a full season.

    • chappy81 says:

      Yeah, I honestly haven’t seen the Knicks play a lot this year so I’m not positive what they are doing wrong. On another note, BD is only playing part of a season so there’s hope that once he gets out there he’ll be able to stay out there!

    • CDR says:

      Let’s hope BD can stay healthy… the Knicks just played the Bobcats and Jeremy Lin actually played! Lin played most of the 4th, but did some good things. Finally, the Knicks heard me… hehe

    • Lin's fan says:

      Jeremy Lin 25pts 7ast 5rbd
      That’s cool

    • CDR says:

      Welcome to Blog Surface Lin’s fan! Yes, I am very happy for J. Lin. Actually tweeted this to our followers… It’s simple, when a person can ball…. he can ball and I saw that in Jeremy Lin. Hopefully, he can continue his good play. It’ll be a remarkable story.

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