New York Knicks: 3 Offseason Moves They Should Make to Become Title Contenders

Bell MalleyAnalyst IIIMay 23, 2011

New York Knicks: 3 Offseason Moves They Should Make to Become Title Contenders

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  (L-R) Amar'e Stoudemire #1, Carmelo Anthony #7, Ronny Turiaf #14 and Landry Fields #6 of the New York Knicks look on against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on
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    The New York Knicks  made a major step this season towards bringing home a championship by adding Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire to their roster. However, that's just the first step of the process, and in order to become a dominant team in the league, they need to make some major steps in the off-season. So, without further ado, here they are. 

    By the way we hope you enjoy our slideshow and feel free to leave comments if you disagree with something. 

1. Get a Pass-First Point Guard

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    Chris Paul, an ideal option if the Knicks can get him
    Chris Paul, an ideal option if the Knicks can get himHarry How/Getty Images

    The Knicks have Chauncey Billups. For now. He is getting older and won't be able to play the minutes he does in a few years, and he's not even a pass-first point guard. A smart thing, and the right thing the Knicks should do is acquire a smart, pass-first point guard to complement the stars of the team. They need to get someone who doesn't need to score to dominate the game.

    Chris Paul would be an ideal fit here. He's going into free agency in 2012 (if he doesn't sign an extension) and he would suit the Knicks perfectly. 

    Hoping that the Knicks get him in free agency and Dwight Howard through a trade (see next slide), the Knicks could run a nice little pick-and-roll between D12 and CP3. 

2. Trade for Dwight Howard

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    Dwight Howard, another prime option if the Knicks can land him through a trade.
    Dwight Howard, another prime option if the Knicks can land him through a trade.

    This would be ideal.

    Imagine Chris Paul and Dwight Howard running a little pick-and-roll together. CP3 lobs it up for Dwight who slams it down.

    The Garden goes crazy. 

    Now, lets get back to reality. The only way this could happen is if the Knicks gave up one of the superstars in New York, Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire. 

    I recommend that the Knicks trade Stoudemire and a few other role players (for salary cap purposes) for Howard. This would be way better than trading Carmelo. The Knicks would rather have a wing player, a point guard and a dominant center rather than a point guard and two guys down low. 

    Now, if this trade happened, imagine this:

    Chris Paul brings it up the floor, he gets it to 'Melo. He jabs, one dribble pull up. Next possession, after a monstrous Dwight Howard block, Chris Paul brings it up the floor and alley-oop passes it to Howard for another dunk.

    The Garden goes crazy once again and New Yorkers can finally see the possibility of an NBA championship. 

3. Surround the Stars with Role Players to Provide Depth

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    Landry Fields is a perfect example of role players the Knicks should look to surround their stars with
    Landry Fields is a perfect example of role players the Knicks should look to surround their stars withNick Laham/Getty Images

    Everyone knows a very, very important aspect to winning an NBA championship is having depth. What is the Miami Heat's major weakness? Lack of depth. What are one the former NBA champions, the Boston Celtics' strengths? Depth. 

    This is crucial and is something you can bet Donnie Walsh is already thinking about. 

Conclusion

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Director Spike Lee attends in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO
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    The Knicks have a long way to go before becoming title contenders. But, if they execute these moves in the offseason and form a new big three, they have a serious chance. 

    Can't wait to see what Donnie Walsh stirs up in the next two years.