Recently, it has been reported that New York Knicks are interested in acquiring Rockets PG Russel Westbrook. The rumor started going around after Houston’s disappointing playoff run inside the NBA bubble.
With a new GM in charge, Houston will most likely consider all available options for the reconstruction of their roster. Considering the fact they have more than $123 million in guaranteed salaries for each of the two upcoming seasons, it would be rather foolish of them to not consider trading Russel Westbrook.
The Knicks are an organization that has been struggling in all aspects of basketball operations ever since the 90s, but apart from having incompetent ownership, one of the Knick’s main issues on the court had been their point guard troubles.
Just how bad have their PG struggles been? Well, hear this out…
Over the last 15 years, the Knicks franchise leader in assists has been Carmelo Anthony. Yes, Melo! The same Melo that played ISO oriented basketball throughout much of his career and had the reputation of being a ball stopper. From the start of the 2005-06 season all the way to the 2019-20 season, Carmelo’s 2.9 assists he averaged for the Knicks have been the most in almost 2 decades.
Looking at their roster history chronologically, one will notice that year in and year out, the Knicks started virtually every next season with a new point guard which is insane considering how the PG position has always been instrumental for team success. You can’t afford to lose a good playmaker just as much as you can’t afford to lose a good center.
But that seems to be exactly what the Knicks have been doing for the last 15 years, losing. Is Russel Westbrook still a top 10 PG in the NBA? Sure he is. Would he love moving to New York after a disappointing run with the Rockets? Probably. But is he the kind of pass-first, shoot-second type of playmaker the Knicks need to guide and develop the career of their young franchise player in RJ Barrett? Probably not.
Given the young nucleus the Knicks are trying to move forward with, they would be much better off signing a reliable veteran playmaker to glue the team together before the free agency of 2021. But these are the Knicks we’re talking about, they might just be convinced that LaMelo Ball is the answer to all of their problems…