NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to New York Would Make Knicks Top Dog in East

Joe Acampado@@AwesomepadoCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2011

NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to New York Would Make Knicks Top Dog in East

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    All New York wants for Christmas is a true point guard, and the one New York has in mind is Chris Paul who would propel them to the top.

    Would the New York Knicks be the best team in the Eastern Conference with Chris Paul?  Did Eddy Curry eat, I mean, steal the soul of basketball from Madison Square Garden?

    In case you're wondering, the answers to those questions are both yes.  Chris Paul would elevate the Knicks to the best team with his skills.

    There's been rumors that his agent is seeking a trade for him to New York and that he won't sign a contract extension anywhere else.

    While the Knicks don't exactly have the best trade chips, but New York doesn't care, they want Chris Paul gift wrapped and underneath the tree in Rockefeller Center.

    Of course, the Knicks could always wait for Chris Paul to opt out and then sign him, but chances are the New Orleans Hornets are going to want something in return.

    So should Chris Paul join the Knicks in some way, here are the reasons why he'll make them the best.

Passing Skills

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    It's no secret that Chris Paul is an assist machine.  He can make passes with pinpoint accuracy and knows who to give the ball to at what time.

    Chris Paul's no ball hog and he'll share the wealth with his teammates.  

    After all, he averaged about 10 assists per game in his career with the New Orleans Hornets.  That's also without having another star alongside to play with him.

    Sure he had David West and Tyson Chandler, both solid players, but no where near Carmelo Anthony's and Amar'e Stoudemire's stature.

    Imagine what he can do playing alongside two stars such as them.

Floor General

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    A point guard is also known as a floor general since they're expected to control the flow of the game and get the other players into positions to execute plays.

    They have to be able to see the floor well and see who's where and who's open to take the shot.

    Point guards have to make quick decisions while also relaying the plans of the coach to the rest of the team.

    Chris Paul can do and has done all of that. In fact, he's one of the league's best at that job.

    New York has lacked a true floor general for some time.  Raymond Felton and Chauncey Billups have done admirable jobs but they're better suited as shooters with their point guard skills being secondary.

    Chris Paul would be a huge upgrade over those two, making the team flow better on the court.

The Key to Mike D'Antoni's System

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    In order for Mike D'Antoni's system to work, it needs a high-caliber point guard with excellent passing skills to run the show.

    D'Antoni had that when he had Steve Nash controlling the ball for him in Phoenix.

    In New York, he's had Chris Duhon (so good D'Antoni eventually decided to run the offense through power forward David Lee), Raymond Felton and Chauncey "I'm Getting Too Old for This" Billups.

    I'm gonna go on a limb and say he'd prefer to have Chris Paul driving his basketball Ferrari.

    Chris Paul fits D'Antoni's system perfectly.  He's athletic, has the Greg Maddux-esque accuracy (yes, that's a cross sports reference), can shoot and control the floor.

    Having Chris Paul on his team would be D'Antoni's Sistine Chapel.


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    Point guards may be the floor general, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the leader of the team.

    Teams without true leadership tend to falter in tight games and tough situations.

    This was seen as the New York Knicks struggled to mesh together and win after the Carmelo Anthony trade.  

    This was also seen when the Miami Heat imploded during the Finals and Dwyane Wade was yelling at LeBron James to grow up, I mean, stop sucking, or something like that with Chris Bosh looking more lost than a dad at the premiere of that new Twilight movie.

    Chris Paul has shown that he has what it takes to be a leader.  He did it with the New Orleans Hornets with the most recent example of when he nearly beat the Los Angeles Lakers by himself.

    Carmelo Anthony is more of a scorer than a leader.  Amar'e Stoudemire showed flashes of it at the beginning of last season but disappeared once Melo was on board.  Even in Phoenix he played second fiddle to Steve Nash.

    Chris Paul could be that catalyst the Knicks need to take over leadership duties, both on and off the court.

Weak Conference

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    Yeah, the Eastern Conference's not exactly that strong.  The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks are the only legitimate playoff contenders.

    The Magic (with or without Dwight Howard) and the Hawks aren't in the top tier.  Boston has questions about the age and health of their key players as well as can they recover from the Kendrick Perkins trade.

    That leaves Chicago and Miami.

    The Bulls have Derrick Rose's solo act who's only true competition at the point guard position was Rajon Rondo.  Also, we've seen that the Bulls can't handle a triple-threat of stars as they lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    The Bulls need another piece, preferably a scorer (Kyle Korver doesn't count), to help Rose out.

    The Heat would be the closest team to rival the New York Knicks should Chris Paul should join them.

    Both teams follow the same formula of having three stars, but the Knicks would be more balanced by not having two of the same type of players as the Heat do with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

    The Knicks would have a floor general, a scorer and a big man down low.  The Heat have two scorers and whatever Chris Bosh decides to be at game time.  Chemistry is key here, but I think a more balanced team would fare better than a team with two dominant scorers.

    Of course there's only one way to solve this and that's with Chris Paul joining the Knicks.  That needed to happen yesterday since I'm getting tired of simulating it in NBA 2K12.