New York Knicks: What Do They Do Now, Besides Wait For a Miracle?

Monty SinghSenior Analyst IMay 26, 2008

The Knicks play in the biggest stage in the NBA at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. They pay the most money and attract the biggest stars.

Unfortunately, they have been more like a small name play at the Radio City music hall.

They have been a disgrace in the NBA.

Isiah Thomas was brought in and brought a group of talented players with no chemistry or will to win. Even a hall of fame coach, Larry Brown, could not do anything with them.

Now Donnie Walsh is supposed to play God and make a miracle happen. 

Every team needs a coach. The Knicks got one of the most successful coaches in the NBA in Mike D'Antoni.

This was a good start.

Now come the players.

You look at it and just give up. No one can fix it right?

Well, here is what I think Donnie Walsh has to do.

Mike D'Antoni runs a fast paced team and just looking at the roster, not all fit in.

First D'Antoni needs a point guard. That is the base of his system. He had Nash in Phoenix and had a lot of success with him. Stephon Marbury is not the answer at point.

When D'Antoni came into Phoenix, he shipped Marbury off and he will do it again. Marbury's attitude is not what many teams need, especially on a rebuilding process.

There are rumors of Baron Davis, but they need a young talent. Derrick Rose would have been an ideal fit, but they sit alone at number six.

By looking at the free agent market, Monta Ellis would be a perfect fit. He is a point guard/shooting guard, but would fit in well at the point in New York. He even said himself he would fit into D'Antoni's system.

He is a restricted free agent and the Warriors will not let their future talent get away from them. The only way for this to work out would be to make trades and not sign big contracts with free agents. 

Jamal Crawford had a successful season last year and Wilson Chandler showed some promise. They should be set at shooting guard.

Nate Robinson is a good back up at point and even as a shooting guard.

Quentin Richardson was D'Antoni's small forward in his 60 win season at Phoenix and will blossom again under his system. He is also a keeper with Jarred Jeffries and Ranaldo Balkman as back ups.

Jeffries and Balkman are two athletic and lengthy players who are like Shawn Marion.

Now comes the other big problem, what about the players that do not fit well in New York?

First is Stephon Marbury. He has a huge contract, but it is a large expiring contract. Some teams may be interested in that. One team is the Indiana Pacers, who are in a rebuilding mode. A trade possibility is to trade Marbury and David Lee, who even D'Antoni did not like when Lee was coming into the league because he has no set offensive game, to the Pacers for Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal is one of the best big men in the NBA when healthy. After sitting out most of last year and rehabbing in the off season, O'Neal should be back to his old self. He can be the Amare, but with defense. He would be a good fit in New York, especially since he will reunite with Walsh.

David Lee can help Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy in Indiana in their bright future.

Jermaine O'Neal coming in means Zach Randolph and Eddy "I refuse to rebound or play D" Curry need to leave.

Randolph and Curry are the anti-D'Antoni, but are solid players so some teams would be interested in them. New York could send Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins, a young project, to the Magic for Tony Battie, Brian Cook, Keith Bogans, and JJ Redick.

The Knicks get expiring contract from Battie and a Boris Diaw type of player in Cook. JJ Redick is a good shooter and can fit well with D'Antoni's system.

Magic get a 20 point and 10 rebound player who can take pressure off of Dwight Howard in the paint. He would fit perfectly with the Magic and Mardy Collins can be a solid back up to Jameer Nelson.

Eddy Curry has been really disappointing for the Knicks; however, he is a solid player overall. At the end of last season, he did play really well. He just would not fit the running attitude in New York. He would be a good fit in Toronto where they need a big body in the post next to Bosh.

The Knicks could trade Curry and sixth pick for TJ Ford and the number seventeen pick and next year's first round pick.

TJ Ford is one of the best point guards in the league, if you believe it or not. He fits perfectly with D'Antoni as he is one of the fastest players in the NBA who can score and pass well.

The Raptors are going to choose Jose Calderon over Ford so they would want to send him out. He is a high value player and the Knicks would not have really any player that D'Antoni would really want at number 6.

At number 17, the Knicks could get a valued player like Nicolas Batum who is similar to Rudy Gay and will shine in New York.

Overall, from what I am saying, the starting lineup next season would be TJ Ford, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, Jared Jeffries, and Jermaine O'Neal.

The Knicks would be favored to get into the playoffs and would not have to suffer another four years on a rebuilding process. There are a lot of expiring contracts which will open cap space for them to attempt to sign LeBron James in 2010.

This is what I think will help the Knicks get back to being one of the best in the East.

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