March 17, 2013
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The NBA trade deadline was February 21st. Many teams were said to be active before the 3:00 P.M. EST deadline, including the New York Knicks. Coach Mike Woodson opted for no trades leaving the Knicks with a roster with only one person younger than 27 years old. Now that we are 20 days removed from the NBA trade deadline expiration, let’s take a look back on the deals the Knicks should have made.
Trade: New York Knicks Iman Shumpert for Phoenix Suns Jared Dudley
Reason: The deal for Dudley to some didn’t make a lot of sense for the Knicks. On the surface, the Knicks would lose the youngest player on their roster and a potential defensive star. Since the trading deadline, Shumpert has reached double figures only once and is shooting a pathetic 29% from the field, and has failed to make things difficult for Seth Curry, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook and Jrue Holiday. On the other hand, Dudley is shooting 46% from the field in his last 10.
Trade: New York Knicks Iman Shumpert and 2nd Round Pick for Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick
Reason: Redick would have been a candidate for 6th man of the year honors if he hadn’t been shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks. Quietly, Redick was the Magic’s second leading scorer at 15 ppg and a dependable playmaker. The acquisition of Redick would have solved the streaky shooting of J.R. Smith, and the efficiency issues with Shumpert. Redick has improved each year in the league since 2006. He’s now a better defender and ball handler, plus he’s a marksman from the arc.
Trade: New York Knicks Iman Shumpert and Marcus Camby for Utah Jazz’s Al Jefferson
Jefferson has been one of the most productive big men in recent years and this year is nothing different. Pairing Jefferson with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler would have given opponents a problematic frontcourt. Jefferson’s scoring ability would give the Knicks the low post option that could threaten the Miami Heat.
The three trade options all bring in an additional scorer to compliment Anthony. During the course of this season, defenses have let Anthony erupt through the first three quarters and shut him down in the fourth. Leaving the Knicks to fend for points in the last 12-minutes and ultimately lose games. Since the trade deadline, the Knicks are down from 39% to 30% from beyond the arc, and have seen a five-point drop in points per game.
The inconsistency from beyond the arc has been a huge issue. The Knicks ultimately live and die by the three. Dudley and Redick both shoot 39% shooters in that department. Substitute either player for a struggling Jason Kidd or Shumpert and things could look different in the fourth quarter. Here are the best fourth quarter line-ups of the trades the Knicks could have made.
The line-up with Jefferson would pose the biggest threat in the eastern conference. If the Knicks had a dependable low-post scorer not named Amare Stoudemire, a first round playoff exit wouldn’t be a topic in the media. Jefferson is second amongst centers in scoring and has more double doubles than the entire Knicks roster combined (29).
The would-have, could-have, should-have version of the Knicks didn’t happen and now the playoffs are looming and the roster is set. The free agency pick-up of Kenyon Martin has showed promise. Martin brings a toughness, and defensive mindset that could help the Knicks at the end of April. With Stoudemire now out six weeks from knee surgery, should the Knicks look to free agency to add another piece? Who should they add?
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