Following the retirement of Jason Kidd, the New York Knicks will be in the market for a new backup point guard this offseason.
Bynum has emerged as a quality backup point guard over his last few years with the Detroit Pistons. He would be a perfect fit for New York, giving the Knicks exactly what they need out of the position.
What New York really lacked last season was energy and penetration at the point, with Kidd and Pablo Prigioni unable to provide that at their age. Felton was perfect for the role, but without a suitable backup, the Knicks missed out whenever he was injured or off the floor.
"The Thrill," as he was known in Detroit, is very similar to Felton, as he's a player who lives off penetration and collapsing the defense. His ability to get inside allows him to create for bigs, which he did plenty of times for Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond last season.
Bynum has always been an explosive scorer, and he improved his efficiency a lot in 2012-13, shooting a career-high 47 percent from the field and posting a 16.6 PER. He also averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 assists per game, doing so in only 18.8 minutes of action.
On the nights when Felton and J.R. Smith aren't shooting well, Bynum could pick up the scoring load for the Knicks. When given the opportunity, he has the potential to explode on any given night, as he showed with this 25-point outing in a rare victory for Detroit against the Miami Heat:
Bynum, however, is a realistic option. He could help take the load off Melo, even if he's not second-option material. It would likely cost New York a large portion of the $3 million taxpayers' exception to add Bynum, but that would be money well spent.
The Knicks also need frontcourt help this offseason, but there are plenty of talented bigs who'll be available with the 24th pick in the draft if they choose to spend the exception on Bynum.
After that, New York will simply need to re-sign its own important free agents and use the veteran's minimum wisely to add a couple more pieces for depth. Then, the roster will be set.
New York can only really make one major addition outside of the team's draft pick this offseason, and Bynum would be a perfect fit. He provides the scoring and penetration the Knicks need and does so at the position they are most desperate for at the moment.
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