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New York Knicks Taking Long, Circuitous Route to Land Another Point Guard

July 11th, 2013 at 7:07 AM
By Daniel Stack

The New York Knicks have been searching far and wide to find themselves another point guard to complement their 2013-14 roster.

'Aaron Brooks and Ben Urfer' photo (c) 2010, ctsnow - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ever since Jason Kidd informed the team he was retiring, the Knicks have been frantically looking to shore up the point-guard position.

With Raymond Felton coming back and with the Knicks recently re-signing Pablo Prigioni, the Knicks still are continuing to look to the scrap heap for potential help at point guard. Some of the names the Knicks are looking at include Aaron Brooks and Sebastian Telfair.

 

Obviously, you’re not getting an impact free agent here, but with a little luck and savvy the Knicks could still find themselves a proficient, steady back-up point guard between Brooks and Telfair.

The point guard, who is likely highest on the Knicks’ wish list, is probably Brooks.

Brooks, who only played in 53 games (7.1 PPG and 2.2 APG) with the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets last season, is not that far removed from being a productive NBA player. For his career, Brooks has averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 assists as well as shooting 36.4 from three-point territory. In the 2009-10 season, Brooks really broke out; averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 40 percent from three-point range. The diminutive Brooks has showed he is equally adept at handling the ball as well as shooting it from deep.

Brooks was recently cut by the Rockets in order for them to clear cap space to sign Dwight Howard.

After playing in China in the 2011-12 season and missing chunks of last season, Brooks has become a forgotten man. However, at 28, Brooks should have some life left in his game. Brooks could be a bargain at this juncture of his career.

Another point guard the Knicks have been linked to has been Brooklyn’s own Sebastian Telfair.

Telfair’s career numbers (5.6 PPG and 2. APG) don’t jump off the page, but he has a little sizzle to his game, and throughout his career Telfair has shown a flair for the dramatic. For a third point guard, the local kid could just be the spark plug that the Knicks are looking for.

At this point, and with limited money to work with, these two options maybe the best the Knicks can do at this time.

Hey, you never know. You could end up with lightning in a bottle.

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