New York Knicks: Would You Swap Amar'e Stoudemire for Deron Williams?

Sam SiegelContributor IIJanuary 20, 2012

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The New York Knicks are in a little bit of a crisis right now, I think everyone can agree.  After their fourth straight loss to Phoenix Wednesday night, the Knicks look to rebound Friday night against a weak Milwaukee Bucks team.

Carmelo Anthony has struggled lately from the field, Tyson Chandler hasn't totally lived up to expectations, and Amar'e Stoudemire isn't himself. 

The Knicks are in a funk, and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible.  Otherwise the Knicks will continue to struggle. 

As of right now, the Knicks stand at 6-8 and are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

One of the Knicks' biggest struggles this season has been the inconsistent play of their backcourt.  The promising rookie Iman Shumpert has looked great and has a lot of upside, but Toney Douglas, Landry Fields and Mike Bibby are still looking to find their stroke. 

The backcourt needs to be fixed, and it needs to happen soon.  This is where New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams comes into the mix. 

Williams is set to become a free agent after this season, and unless the Nets make a big move in acquiring Dwight Howard, it looks like Williams will want to leave New Jersey. 

I know a lot of Knicks fans feel that trading Stoudemire would be disrespectful considering he's the one who chose to come to the Knicks two summers ago, but honestly fans, this is a business and what's best for the Knicks is what needs to be done.  And let's be honest, Carmelo Anthony is a better all around player than Stoudemire.

A straight up deal of Stoudemire for Williams would be a great deal for both the Knicks and the Nets.


How it benefits the Knicks

This trade would be ideal for the Knicks.  Williams is one of the best point guards in the league and would be a great fit in New York.  The Knicks would finally get a point guard that could run the Mike D'Antoni offense with efficiency.  He's a great three-point shooter and his passing ability would be huge assets to this team. 

This would also give Shumpert the opportunity to play his natural position at shooting guard, and the Knicks would have a lot of depth coming off the bench with Landry Fields and Douglas. 


How it benefits the Nets

Stoudemire is one of the best power forwards in the NBA.  He would be the center piece for the Nets to build around for the next few years in hopes of a deep playoff run. When Brook Lopez comes back from injury, him and Stoudemire would be a great pair in the frontcourt for the New Jersey Nets.   

As you can see, this deal would be great for both teams.  Williams would likely sign an extension with the Knicks to stay in New York for the next few years. With Williams, the Knicks would have a great chance of winning a championship within the next couple years. 

A big three of Williams, Anthony, and Tyson Chandler is better than a big three of Anthony, Stoudemire, and Chandler.

This is a deal that both teams need to consider before the trade deadline hits.