NBA Fantasy Basketball Forecast: Sergio Rodriguez To Get Starts for the Knicks?

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 22:   Sergio Rodriguez #10 of the Sacramento Kings attempts to drive past Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on January 22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Chris Duhon should have seen the writing on the wall when head coach Mike D'Antoni benched him in favor of shooting guard Nate Robinson about a week ago.

Duhon, a natural point guard, got benched for a guy with very little point guard skills, no size, and a shoot-first mentality.

That alone should tell you what D'Antoni thinks of Duhon.

The trade for former Sacramento Kings backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez should tell you a little more.

The fact is, Rodriguez is a vastly talented, young point guard who could thrive in the right system (D'Antoni's, specifically) and with the proper amount of minutes.

Duhon, on the other hand, belongs coming off the bench. We've seen him try this whole "starter" thing, and while it was cute last year as he averaged over 11 points and seven assists per game in over 36 minutes per game, it's just not him.

That was supposed to be Duhon's progress from a backup to a star in D'Antoni's system, but, instead, this year he's actually regressed.

In over 33 minutes per game this season, Duhon is shooting just over 34 percent from the field, with less than eight points and just over six assists per game.

Needless to say, the Knicks are suffering from this average work at the point, are 19-34, and need a change.

That's where Rodriguez comes in (literally).

He was brought in from Sacramento for almost nothing, but as a former first-rounder, the kid (just 23) carries a ton of potential and is a better shooter and overall point guard prospect than Duhon.

Rodriguez has never really gotten much of a chance to prove himself in his short four-year career, never averaging more than 16 minutes per game in a season; now, he could finally get his first look at serious game action.

The last time Rodriguez logged 20-plus minutes with the Kings, he had eight points and six assists, also scoring 10 points and dishing out three assists in each of his last two games in which he played at least 16 minutes.

Considering he has usually been sharing the court with either Beno Udrih or Tyreke Evans, he hasn't had the opportunity to take the ball up the floor and make plays too often.

In D'Antoni's system, we'll finally get to see Rodriguez go to work with good shooting, excellent passing ability, and solid court vision. He's no lock to rise in D'Antoni's system as another Steve Nash or anything, but he's definitely worth a look.

Keep a close eye on Rodriguez and bank on him getting a good, hard look at the point for the struggling Knicks.

For more fantasy analysis on all the traded players over the past week and how they may fare in their new situations, go here.