The New York Knicks are in great need of an upgrade for the point guard position.We’ll take a look at three possibilities that seem both realistic in terms of money and what the Knicks are actually able to afford, and in terms of actually upgrading the roster, not just bringing a random name.
Today, Shaun Livingston.
Livingston has had a dynamic career since he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004. A 6 foot 7 guard, the kind of big guard that New York Knicks loves, he’s been to many teams, including a tenure in the Development League.
Well, in 2013-2014 he had a great season playing for the Brooklyn Nets alongside or replacing the disappointing Deron Williams. Jason Kidd managed to get Shaun’s game to another level and now that is going to face free agency, there are a couple of teams really interested in the 28 year old – The Knicks being one of them.
He showed solid basketball IQ and ball handling abilities, along with good perimeter shooting to fit well in the triangle offense to be implemented by whoever Phil Jackson choses to coach the team. If you consider that his competition in the roster would be one of the current three point guards, he would make a strong case of becoming the team’s starting point guard. Neither Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni or Toure Murry have impressed Jackson enough to guarantee that the point guard position is set in stone.
So if Phil Jackson decides to spend the little amount of money the Knicks are going to be able to spend this off-season (which is not too much to pursue the kinds of Kyle Lowry) in Livingston, the roster would be immediately upgraded for next season.