The New York Knicks need a new point guard.
That's not exactly breaking news if you've been following trade rumors or spending any time on Twitter over the last few days, but the lack of novelty doesn't diminish the truthful nature of the statement.
Once more, the Knicks need a new point guard.
Raymond Felton just isn't getting the job done as the team struggles to win games and stay in the playoff picture, despite calling the weak Eastern Conference home. New York exits the All-Star break with a 20-32 record, one that leaves it sitting at No. 10 in the East.
The struggle at point guard isn't the only reason for the lackluster record, but it's a big one.
According to 82games.com, the Knicks floor generals are producing a 13.0 PER and allowing opposing 1-guards to put up a 16.8 PER. Obviously that's not a good disparity, but it looks even worse when compared to other positions.
Shooting guard is the worst of the five—thanks a lot, J.R. Smith—but every part of the frontcourt has been positive.
Fortunately for the Knicks, plenty of point guards are on the market. Unfortunately, the team is limited by its lack of tradable assets.
This article is not ranking the targets in order of a trade's likelihood of coming to fruition. Instead, the point guards count down toward the backcourt member who would be the best fit for the team.
Due to the dearth of first-round picks at their disposal and the limited nature of the young, high-upside players, the Knicks may not make a move at all. Desire doesn't necessarily lead to a deal. But if they do, these are the best targets of the bunch.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are current as of Feb. 18.