New Knicks Will Help Playoff Push

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2009

The New York Knicks' outlook for making the NBA Playoffs just got a little more positive.

On Thursday, right before the trade deadline, the Knicks traded Tim Thomas, Anthony Roberson, and Jerome James to the Chicago Bulls for guard Larry Hughes. Earlier that day, the Knicks also traded Malik Rose to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Chris Wilcox.

New York got the better end of the deal in both cases.

Rose, James, and Roberson weren't in Coach D'Antoni's rotation, so the Knicks' bench only stands to gain from the addition of Wilcox. Hughes might just jump right into the starting five. The only real loss the Knicks suffered was losing Tim Thomas; he was a vocal leader for the team and played with a lot of passion.

Hughes can shoot and handle the rock well and is averaging about 12 PPG and 3 RPG. The Knicks, who already have outside weapons in Nate Robinson, Chris Duhon, Al Harrington, Quentin Richardson, and Wilson Chandler, now add another perimeter threat to their arsenal.

Wilcox, who will provide another big body for the Knicks down low, grabs about 5 RPG and puts in about 8 PPG.

Rebounding will be key down the final stretch of the season, and David Lee and Jared Jeffries will get a lot of help from Wilcox in that category.

New York made nothing but solid moves at the deadline, as these two new players will provide additional help towards the goal of postseason play.