New York Knicks: Spacing On The Offensive End Must Be Addressed By Any Means Necessary

Mikey Murphy
New York Knicks, Kevin Knox
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The New York Knicks need shooting and spacing by any means necessary. The additional spacing on the offensive end starts with a point-guard with mid-range and three-point shooting ability.

There are prospects in free agency and in the draft that may help the New York Knicks. Fred Van Vleet would be an excellent floor spacing point-guard signing due to his dangerous ability to hit the three-pointer and the mid-range jumper. Explosive and sharpshooting Cole Anthony would be a great draft pick if the Knicks fall in the draft to 9th or 10th pick.

With a lineup of Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson/Taj Gibson, there’s just not enough spacing. The power-forward position and the point -guard position must be able to consistently shoot and make the three-pointer in order to keep defenses honest in today’s NBA. Steve Mills obviously was stuck in a different era of basketball and it showed in his offseason signings. He made poor signings in the previous era as well. Overall, Mills was spine-chillingly horrendous at his job as a Knick president.

There is an opportunity for Kevin Knox during the pandemic to work on his game both offensively and defensively. Kevin Knox has a chance to thrust himself into the starting lineup as a well-needed stretch four for the Knicks at 6’9″ and a 7’0″ wingspan. Randle hasn’t solidified his spot with his forceful and low basketball IQ play on offense. Knox must continue working on strengthening his body along with his conditioning. A drastic improvement defensively from a young Knox is enough to catapult him into the starting lineup over Julius Randle at this point. Offensively, Knox will come around. Opportunity and a point-guard will give Knox rhythm on offense to go along with his naturally smooth shooting ability, however, defensively is where Knox can turn his game and young career around.