Simply put, the New York Knicks currently have their best team in probably a decade and should not entertain any trade that could possibly ruin the chemistry of this team.
Iman Shumpert was the player in the most recent trade talks, but even Mike Woodson made it clear that he wants to keep everyone together for the long haul.
Other than Shumpert, it's a relief that the Knicks haven't made much noise before the trade deadline yet. Amar'e Stoudemire is probably the biggest name from their team who has seen his fair share of trade talks earlier this year.
Earlier this year, the Knicks reportedly offered Stoudemire for free to almost every team in the league (via Howard Beck of The NY Times).
The Knicks must be glad nobody took Stoudemire from them, as he's having one of his most productive seasons of his career off the bench. He's posting an exceptional 22.4 PER and registering the second-best true shooting percentage of his career (per Basketball Reference). His contract may be a turn off, but there's no question he's been performing above expectations after returning from his knee injury (via ESPN).
Perfectly balanced team
The Knicks may be regarded primarily as a three-point shooting team, which isn't far from the truth since they make and attempt the most three-point field goals in the NBA (per Team Rankings). But they are also one of the most balanced teams in the league.
They have a mix of capable shooters and playmakers, along with fierce interior presences in Tyson Chandler and Stoudemire. They also have a bona fide superstar who's unstoppable on the offense—Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks have established their style of play, which focuses heavily on isolations and ball movement to find the open man. The three-point shot and shots at the rim are two of the most efficient shots in the game, which has led to the Knicks recording the sixth best shooting efficiency in the league.
Great perimeter defense
To be honest, the Knicks' defense has dropped off since the beginning of the season, but they still suffocate their opponents on the perimeter.
Even though he's been playing limited minutes, Shumpert leads the charge. Guys like Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton are solid defenders in the system, and Anthony has demonstrated he's capable of taking on a bigger defensive role.
If there was one trade that the Knicks could make, it would be to acquire a two-way perimeter threat. While Shumpert is a great player with an incredible ceiling, there are better wing players available out there who have more versatile skill sets than him at the moment (i.e. Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns).
Nonetheless, the perimeter players they have right now are still decent and they will be pivotal to the Knicks if they want to make a long playoff run.
The Paint Cloggers
Chandler is probably the best big man in the league in terms of controlling the paint and stopping easy baskets at the rim. Stoudemire has never been known to be a great defender, but he's taking strides this year and his defensive rotations have vastly improved under Woodson.
Even if Chandler or Stoudemire don't have big impacts offensively, they are still two big bodies who are around 7'0" tall and could cause nightmares for slashers and playmakers.
Chandler could erase the defensive mistakes of every Knick player. If a guard blows by Shumpert or Kidd, or a forward gets past Anthony, Chandler will always be there to contest a shot or at least slam a hard foul on him.
If and when Rasheed Wallace returns, he can still provide valuable minutes as a stretch-4 or a center and provide more toughness in the paint.
This is something that hasn't been said about the Knicks in recent years.
With J.R. Smith playing the best basketball of his career and a rejuvenated Stoudemire finding his rhythm, they lead one of the deepest and most effective benches in the league.
The Knicks are ranked sixth in the league in bench scoring so far this season and outscore the opponent's bench by an average of 8.6 points (per Hoops Stats).
Smith is sort of playing a James Harden-role for a championship contending team. He's the type of player who comes off the bench to provide shooting, playmaking and instant offense that most teams could only wish they had.
Other than Smith and Stoudemire, three-point specialist Steve Novak and intelligent playmaker Pablo Prigioni headline the rest of the Knicks' bench.
The Knicks have put themselves in a position to make a huge playoff push this season. Any possible trade would risk hurting the chemistry of this team, and it may take some time for newcomers to learn Woodson's system.
Their team is very well-rounded, with no glaring weaknesses in either the lineup or the bench. Rebounding is probably their biggest concern, but a full rebounding effort from the entire team should remedy that problem. There is no reason for the Knicks to make any trade at this point.
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