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New York Knicks Shouldn't Consider Adding Stephon Marbury

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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIApril 2, 2012

With New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin being on the shelf for six weeks and former Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury tearing it up in China, the question about a reunion has arisen, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post

The Knicks shouldn't even consider Marbury at this point of the season.

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Despite losing valuable point production with Amar'e Stoudemire and Lin, the Knicks would be better off having Baron Davis run the show for the remainder of the season.

You know, the plan that was developed before Lin's takeoff.

While I think Davis is over-the-hill in terms of his pinnacle, I still think he could do positive things for the Knicks.

 

He doesn't need to control the ball

Lin had the ball in his hands for the majority of possessions. Davis can be effective without the ball in his hands.

Or, simply, the Knicks could be a better team when Carmelo Anthony has the ball where he's accustomed.

 

Helping Carmelo Anthony

Davis doesn't need the ball in his hands to be successful. This helps Anthony out the most.

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Anthony needs touches in one-on-one situations and in the post. Isolating Anthony in one-on-one would be the best game plan for the Knicks going forward.

Davis allows Anthony to play that way.

The proof is in the pudding.

In the three games before Lin's injury, Anthony scored 37 points. In the three games following Lin's injury, Anthony scored 89 points including a dominant 36-point performance against Atlanta.

New York has won three of four games without Lin. I'd say that adding another player, especially Marbury, at this point would be a major step away from a playoff berth.

Marbury shouldn't even be a considered.

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