“Instead of taking the blame for how the Knicks’ offensive ball movement stopped in the playoffs, Anthony is once again turning the failures of the team to other players. The Knicks have a team with great passers, good shooters and athletic cutters. They have a great pick-and-roll point guard and a great pick-and-roll finisher in Chandler. Shumpert is talented and versatile. They have all of these options.”
Tommy DeeThis is inaccurate. The Pacers, like the Celtics, limited pick and roll because they sagged Hibbert in the paint. This is why the Knicks had success with some flex cuts, although they didn’t run enough in Game 6. The Knicks don’t slash well and the playoffs, against a great defensive team like Indiana, isn’t a slasher’s game. JR can slash but doesn’t and while Shumpert is very athletic he’s not efficient towards the basket and around the rim. And in his defense Melo’s costly turnovers in the 4th quarter came off passes.
The argument can be made that the Knicks don’t need help offensively because of their rankings. I disagree. Yes, they need rebounders and more versatile defenders as a whole, but they need an element that would pull a Hibbert or a Noah out of the paint and out 15-18 feet. If Chandler learns some confidence and to bang down pick and pop jumpers then great. But I don’t see that being an element he adds. For his sake I hope that he does but again, especially in big moments, that takes experience and reps. Can the Knicks find a cheap, veteran pick and pop guy? Kurt Thomas was one but he was a little past his prime expiration date.
How about the draft? They may have some options at 24 but my intel tells me they are honing in on a point guard.
Whichever way they proceed, the Knicks need to add the element of the pick and pop if they are going to have any chance in getting by Indiana or Chicago next year in my opinion.