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Time to rebuild?

The Knicks went all in last season. Outside of a rehabbing Iman Shumpert there were no eyes to the future with the roster. The Big Three, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Carmelo Anthony were in their primes, and an overly veteran group (they were the oldest team in the NBA) were their supporting cast.

The results? A second seed in the East (though a ways away from the Heat), but an embarrassing 6-game loss to the third seeded Pacers. The series didn’t even seem as close as the tally woud indicate.

The Knicks have to retool this offseason if they have hopes of even maintaining their hold as one of the premier teams. That need was exacerbated after the Nets major move, and the eventual return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls.

So what have the Knicks done? They’ve traded for Andrea Bargnani, and signed Ron Artest. The rest of the signings will come on veteran minimum deals.

These moves could either make the Knicks better or have almost no effect. But unless Bargnani realizes his potential of a lottery pick (number one overall actually), the moves aren’t enough to be a top four team in the East (at least on paper…the Nets might not work out as well as people think).

What the Knicks have to hope for is a big improvement from Shumpert, a full season of health from Stoudemire, a steal in Tim Hardaway Jr., and some luck. Even then, returning to a second seed and a second round exit might be all she wrote.

Crazier things have happened. Who saw the Mavs winning the title just a few seasons ago? But if I were a betting man I think this core will never win a title.

Emergence of Toney Douglas

Via Basketball Betting

It’s a bloody good thing the New York Knicks’ second-year point guard Toney Douglas wasn’t playing this well a month ago.

It might have predated his being draped in Denver powder blue right about now, as another casualty of the Nuggets’ crop of young Knicks talent residual to New York’s recent acquisition of Western Conference stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

Coming off last night’s 20-point performance, everything about Douglas’ game has looked crisp over the past couple weeks.

Turnovers are down, and the drives to the hoop are purposeful. Douglas’ recent three-point shooting spate has been uncanny, and all season long he has been one of the few Knicks to consistently compete on the defensive side of the ball.

Should the emergence of the soon-to-be 25-year-old’s game be something more than an extended mirage, the Knicks suddenly find themselves deep in backcourt riches with the exceeding potential to border on something very special.

Toney Douglas has played great since stepping in for an injured Chauncey Billups. Perhaps due to tutoring from the veteran Billups, Douglas has cut down on his turnovers and has averaged around six assists a game in this stretch.

Toney’s shooting has been great, and on Monday he was lights out from behind-the-arc, but we knew he was a good, albeit streaky, shooter early on. Still his ability to be a field general, while continuing to shoot the ball well and drive to the basket has made him a great weapon for the Knicks.

Let us not forget about his defense either. One of the top defensive players in college, Douglas has brought an intensity to the defensive side of the ball that the Knicks needed. As I mentioned in my recap of the Jazz game, he has shut down opposing guards he faced, which have included Chris Paul and Devin Harris.

For this season he looks to be part of a great three, and possibly four man rotation if Anthony Carter continues to get play time, at guard for the Knicks. With a backcourt like that and a frontcourt with Amare and Carmelo, the Knicks could be a real threat come playoff time.

Looking into the future, it would be great if Douglas can emerge as a starter for us. Next year will probably be Chauncey’s last with New York and if we can have Toney as our point guard of the future we could avoid giving up all our remaining cap space to a guy like Chris Paul or Deron Williams, and instead get a center that we desperately need.

If we could somehow land a guy like Tyson Chandler or Nene, or a player of their caliber the following offseason, we can become the team to beat in the East.

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