Chauncey Billups Comments on Knicks' Ability to Land Top Point Guards

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Former Detroit Pistons player Chauncey Billups addresses the media before the NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons are scheduled to retire his jersey during a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The New York Knicks and their triangle offense have struggled mightily since being instituted at the start of the 2014-15 season by team president Phil Jackson. New York is 43-103 in that span, and its offense has been one of the worst in the league.  

Those factors can't be a welcoming sign for free-agent players, especially point guards, who would have to run the triangle.

Former Knick Chauncey Billups spoke with the New York Post's Marc Berman in a phone interview on Sunday about what available point guards could be thinking when looking at the Knicks:

I will tell you this about that triangle. If I’m a top point guard and a free agent, I’m not going to want to be playing in that triangle. A point guard needs more pick-and-roll, more freedom. It’s going to be restrictive to my play. I think that would be a good thing — if they are opening it up a little. It’s the only way to get a point guard.

According to Billups, now isn't the right time to be scaring away point guards with an unsuccessful offense.

"More than any other time in the league, it’s important to have an elite point guard,’’ Billups said. “It’s a guard’s league. Most top point guards are lead guards who can get it done. No disrespect to anyone in a Knicks jersey, they don’t have a guy on the roster who plays that position who can do that.’’

At the moment, the Knicks are getting limited production out of their point guards in Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant. All three are averaging under eight points and four assists per game as the Knicks are putting up under 96 points per game this season. 

The team is close to finalizing a deal for Tony Wroten, per The Vertical's Shams Charania, but he won't be the answer.

If the team wants to lure in big-name point guard free agents this offseason—like Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo—or if they want to look ahead to the 2017 offseason and make a run at Russell Westbrook, the Knicks will have to change their offense in order to create a more welcoming environment for impact players.


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