Is a picture really worth a 1,000 words? Not always. In the image associated with this article, a picture tells an entire story—that of the Knicks' ineptitude on defense, specifically down low.
Robin Lopez is a nice player, but should he ever be splitting two long and tall defenders en route to an almost uncontested layup? Very rarely, if ever.
The Knicks need a go-to scoring option like Carmelo Anthony alongside Amar'e Stoudemire to take the next step—see the end of the 101-98 loss against the Thunder for further proof—but some shutdown defenders are vital for the Knicks to get out of the sixth place limbo it's currently fallen into within the Eastern Conference.
Don't think for one second that sixth place limbo is temporary: Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta have no plans to regress next season, either.
Now, here are 10 players who can help the Knicks improve their defense, in alphabetical order.
Notes: I realize that some of the scenarios that I present in which the Knicks can get these players may be unrealistic if the NBA goes to a hard cap in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. For all intents and purposes, it's impossible to predict what the new CBA will bring, so we're sticking with the current rules for now.
Furthermore, in the slides in which I mention the possibility of a player being signed under an exception (mid-level, bi-annual, minimum salary), I am going with the notion that the Knicks would go after these players if they sign Carmelo Anthony and re-sign other players under the Larry Bird Rule, therefore rendering them unable to sign unrestricted free agents without said exceptions since they'd be over the cap.