The New York Knicks are considered as one of the top teams-suitors for Denver Nuggets’ veteran point guard Andre Miller. The Nuggets are actively trying to shop him and New York could use an upgrade at the point guard position, especially keeping in mind that the team has been struck by injuries at the position this season. But is Andre Miller the answer for New York? Does the team need him?
Simply put, YES!
The Knicks have been experiencing major issues with their point guards this season. In fact, it’s fair to say that a portion of their slump during the start of the season is due to the injuries and the bad production from the point guard position. The Knicks rank 23rd in the league in assists this season, while their offensive efficiency is no better.
Due to the injuries Raymond Felton experienced this season, the Knicks had to rely on Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih. The problem was that the latter two also suffered injuries, sometimes simultaneously and that’s when the Knicks turned to J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert for the point guard responsibilities. Results proved that this simply didn’t work for them. So what does that mean for a potential Andre Miller trade?
Well, first of all, the 37-year old point guard can play. In his 14 seasons in the league, Miller has missed just five games. Even if Miller is not a stat sheet stuffer, he can certainly be on the court and offer his services. That may be the most important fact for the Knicks at the moment.
On the other hand, Andre Miller will instantly improve the Knicks’ offensive flow. He has terrific court vision, he knows how to set up the team and he also players the pick and roll very well. It’s fair to say that Carmelo Anthony, Shumpert and even J.R. Smith would be benefited from Miller’s presence on the court.
Andre Miller’s numbers have dropped this season. He is averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in 19 minutes per contest. He is also shooting 45.8 percent from the floor. Miller is a horrible three-point shooter, 21.6 percent for his career, but that shouldn’t hurt the Knicks much. They do have lots of shooters. What they now need is a player who can dish them with assists, open up the floor and create easy baskets.
The big question for New York is what it should give away to land Miller. The Denver Nuggets have already received some quotations from several teams around the league. The Sacramento Kings have reportedly offered Jimmer Fredette or Marcus Thornton.
The best case scenario for the Knicks could be a package around Raymond Felton. Will that be enough for Denver? It remains unknown. Maybe J.R. Smith could also be sent to the Nuggets. On the other hand, it would just not be wise for the Knicks to send away some of their young assets, like Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. for Miller.