Now that Phil Jackson, and the triangle offense, is finally out of the picture, I think it’s time to start fresh. With free agency creeping up, I have five high potential players that I think would be a fit perfect for the Knicks.
Currently, New York has about $17 million in cap space, and according to rumors, the Knicks won’t overpay in free agency. Two of the four free-agent guards the Knicks NEED to re-sign in free agency is Ron Baker and Justin Holiday.
Justin Holiday brings a great defensive presence, and he does all the little things on offense. The 28 year old Holiday was the only Knick this season to suit up for all 82 games. As for Knicks rookie Ron Baker, coach Jeff Hornacek said it best on Jan. 16, after the Knicks suffered a devastating one-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks: “Ron just competes. He’s in the right spots almost all the time.” Baker also excels in leading a team back into the game with his amazing court vision. It would be a huge mistake to not re-sign Baker and Holiday, who are both huge game changers.
According to reports, the Knicks have been interested in New Orleans point guard, Jrue Holiday (Justin’s brother).
We all know Derrick Rose struggled heavily throughout this season from beyond the arc. Jrue Holiday is much more efficient from deep (36.2% 3FG this season). Holiday can also distribute the ball very effectively. More importantly, for the Knicks, he’s an outstanding defender. Last season, he averaged 1.5 steals and 3.3 defensive rebounds per game.
The Knicks might be able to attract Jrue with the presence of his older brother in New York. Justin told the New York Post on March 3, “If we can play together, that would be a dream come true, and we’d be successful doing it.”
Another piece the Knicks have considered bringing back is our old friend Tim Hardaway Jr.. Hardaway Jr. has improved as a starter for the Atlanta Hawks — he averaged 14.2 points last season.
Also, his defense has improved.
Timmy held defenders to 3.4% below their shooting percentage, and he has similar defensive win share numbers as players known for their D.
Lastly, a player that I think is a great fit for the Knicks is Tony Allen. Allen has been known for locking down players with his insane defensive intensity. He has finished top 10 in defensive rating twice in his career.
These are the suggestions I think the Knicks should pursue in free agency which will help them in the long run.