The Knicks have two primary targets in the free-agent market this offseason: They need a young, athletic big man to help out in the paint and at least one additional point guard—preferably one that can play the 2 effectively.
The reason for the extra power forward/center is simple. The Knicks were 25th in rebounding last season and could use more than just Tyson Chandler on the glass.
New York’s backcourt needs are a little more complicated, and at this point, missing some information.
With Jason Kidd heading over to coach the rival Brooklyn Nets, the Knicks have only one point guard right now: Raymond Felton.
Pablo Prigioni’s return is up in the air. Will J.R. Smith return (probably)—but will he continue to come off the bench or start at the 2? Or, will Iman Shumpert start at the 2, his natural position?
Will they alternate the start depending on what the game plan calls for: offensive or defensive focus?
Assuming Mike Woodson continues to employ his successful dual-PG schemes—a nice fit on a perimeter-scoring, pick-and-roll roster—Prigioni might start, if he comes back.
Meanwhile, who’s backing up Felton? Prigioni will need some spelling, too. He’s 36 and only averaged 16 minutes per game.
One free-agent point guard is not going to cover all this. The Knicks really have go for two and use the veteran's minimum on one.
More than half of NBA teams had at least six players in their backcourts in 2012-13. New York will join them in 2013-14.