Chris Herring's been on top of the Knicks' statistical trends lately, and his piece from last night details something we've all seen: The Knicks-- all season long, but especially in recent games-- get destroyed by opposing point guards. The Knicks' flaky, switch-y pick-and-roll coverage habitually grants open lanes and mismatches, and it's made big nights from even semi-decent point guards a regular thing. Especially over the last few weeks (which, to be fair, includes a lot of Raymond Felton-less games), shit's been rough. I like the way Herring frames it here:
Over the Knicks' 12 games in January, the opposition's point guards have shot 39% from three-point range and 51% overall, while averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 36 minutes per game.
To put that into perspective, only one player in the NBA, reigning most valuable player LeBron James, averages at least 18 points, six assists and four rebounds while shooting 39% from distance and 50% overall. In other words, the Knicks have allowed MVP-level performances on a nightly basis at the point-guard position.
And that totally checks out with what we've seen. Jeff Teague looked like the best player on Earth on Sunday. Same for Jrue Holiday the night before (Jrue might actually be the best player on Earth, though). There are plenty of factors at play, especially recently-- Raymond Felton's injury, the absence of Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby on the back line, Tyson Chandler decision-making (and health) as the only remaining interior defender, etc.-- but the upshot is point guards are torching the Knicks. The decent become good, the good become great, and the great become MASTERS.
Knicks making MVPs out of opposing point guards
Posting And Toasting | Jan 30