Clearly. With Jeremy Lin out, where to turn?
Baron Davis was hurt for the first half of the shortened season—a full 32 games. He was about a week delayed in returning, which opened the door for Lin in the first place.
Davis was a little rusty at first (and off the bench) but still averaged about six assists a game over his first 11 games. Now, finally, he is getting what he was originally brought in for: the start.
And he is delivering. Davis' last four games, the only ones he started, have been his best.
Now, who else is left?
Iman Shumpert is probably the next best option, even though he's not really a true point guard. He's that good, you just want to create some floor time for him. But that would leave so much unrealized: team defense would drop off and Shumpert would score less.
Then there is Toney Douglas. He is going to get some second-chance minutes now. But Douglas has already proven that while he can score the occasional three-pointer and bring some defense, he's not up to the full-time task of directing the floor. The Knicks are a mess with Douglas starting at the point, 3-6, including losses to the rather pitiful Warriors, Kings, Raptors and Hornets.
And it's worse than that. The Knicks are 4-12 when Douglas plays a minimum of 15 minutes.
Mike Bibby? Is he still on the team? Oh yeah, he's shooting 26 percent from the floor and adding 1.3 assists per game. A total waste.