Will Jose Calderon be the Knicks’ X-Factor next season?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Upon opting to re-sign with the Knicks earlier this month, it was clear that Carmelo Anthony had been sold on Phil Jackson’s vision to build a championship contender in the Big Apple.

And although by the summer of 2015, New York is poised to have the flexibility necessary to target other quality players to put alongside him, the goal of Jackson and Derek Fisher is still to build around the star in hopes of creating a winning squad. Anthony will lead the charge as the team continues to surround him with talent. He’ll be the star of the show, and in the heart of New York City, it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll have to compete for stage time with another big name or two.

USATSI_7896654_110579513_lowresClearly, the Knicks aren’t exactly in the Kevin Love race, and though the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James stand to be free agents in 2016, one has to wonder if James’ recent return to Cleveland will slow down or otherwise put an end to the forming of super-teams going forward.

Alas, New York will continue to re-frame its roster in the years to come. Proving to have quite a few tricks up his sleeve already, Jackson is sure to continue surprising everyone as he aims to do so.

But in the meantime, Anthony and the Knicks hope to remain competitive. And although the team will assumedly have to play the waiting game a bit, Jackson actually began bridging the gap to an extent by acquiring Jose Calderon.

There’s a good chance that the point guard will be able to handle the pressures of serving as Anthony’s right-hand man this coming season.

No, Calderon won’t be one to drop twenty points per night. He isn’t exactly the second superstar the Big Apple craves, nor is he a defender that will put fear into forthcoming opponents.

But what he does do successfully, he does quite well.

Calderon is one of the best floor generals in the game. A veteran of international competition as well, he plays intelligently and knows how and when to make the right plays at the right times. When he isn’t dishing out efficient dimes, the 32 year old likes to take a step back and nail the long ball, and/or better yet, draw fouls while penetrating to the basket.

The point guard can undoubtedly score in transition and runs the floor well, despite not going out of his way to look for his own offense. Instead, he stands to create. Though Calderon isn’t one to fill up the stat-sheet, the key for the Knicks will be his ability to get others involved.

Last season, New York had plenty of players who could create their own offense.  Unfortunately, there was no coach on the floor to instruct his teammates and show them who to turn to, and when. Calderon can be that individual.

Calderon is someone who can direct the traffic and hit his teammates in the right spots. This will make things much easier for everyone all around. It’ll bring out the best in them. The likes of Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, etc. could all stand to have bounce-back years as they look to lean on another quality leader for guidance.

The Knicks have made a handful of changes to the roster thus far, and it could be argued that there should be more on the horizon before the season begins. Still, the acquisition of Calderon could be one that dictates how far the team ultimately goes this coming season. Some of the same players that struggled mightily last year may start to feel positive vibes and reap the benefits of having a new floor general running the show.




145 comments
ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

I think jose will be a huge factor,he's  exactly what we needed.

Iobcity1
Iobcity1

There you have it. Herd it from the man himself.

Gregory Winer
Gregory Winer

No. He will be good for us. Shumpert is the X factor - I expect BIG things this year.

Boozer32
Boozer32

Knicks are out of balance right now. There are too many guards on the team. I think Stoudamire will have a great year in the triangle. The earliest they can dump Bargnani the better.

eurojet
eurojet

I want Shawn Marion on a one year vet min deal over Beasley. Marion at least can defend.

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

MelO said he would like T.Evans to be the second scorer and Evans can be had, Phil got to make the call

rb3b3
rb3b3

Hey Fellas, hows everyone doing?? Just wondering if the Knicks got Lamarcus Aldridge, Westbrook, and MGasol yet?

rgm891
rgm891

So when can Larkin and Ellington be eligible for trade?

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

Carmelo Anthony ultimately decided between the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Anthony added that he believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

"I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil (Jackson) will do what he has to do to take care of that."

"I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely."

Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million deal to remain with the Knicks.

"It was overwhelming," Anthony said. "It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

"I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years."

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

So what's interesting is due to Sterling possibly regaining ownership and Clippers boycotting if he doesn't sell Team they can actually Retire ? 

would that mean if they come back they can all get new deals with other teams? 

like Knicks can finally get CP3? lol 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Wouldn't it be cool if TKB had ticket giveaways or a designated Knick watching Bar where everyone could go 

i remember the dude Anthony Donahue was active with it

jtru001
jtru001

where is my german hommie.....where you at flag? lol

zebeto
zebeto

calderon for me is like a younger Prigs but with a much better shot, and who isnt terrified to shoot it when open .

eurojet
eurojet

@Boozer32 Bargnani is a better fit for the triangle tho. Agreed, it looks like the roster is out of balance. But we can line up Shump, JR and Ellington at the 3, Melo at the 4, so it seems ok.

eurojet
eurojet

@KnowLedge ever seen his contract? Therefore I would say JR > Tyreke

greekfreak
greekfreak

@rgm891. Gotta keep Larkin...IMO

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

But the 30-year-old Anthony said he is invigorated to work with a new team president in Phil Jackson and a new coach in Derek Fisher.

"It's a matter of me believing in the organization, believing in Phil," Anthony said. "I wanted to go somewhere where I can end my career."

Anthony, who was second in the league in scoring last season at 27.4 points per game, met with several teams throughout the process: the Bulls, Lakers, Mavericks and Rockets.

He joins a re-tooled Knicks club that dealt away Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington. The Knicks also drafted talented forward Cleanthony Early and added free agent Jason Smith. New York returns Anthony, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Andrea Bargnani -- as well as an aging Amar'e Stoudemire.

"I feel like we have a brand-new team," Anthony said. "It's a new beginning. It's excited."

Anthony said he felt LeBron James' move back to Cleveland opened up the Eastern Conference.

"It balances everything out," he said. "There's balance from one to eight right now. The East is balanced."

eurojet
eurojet

@purehussle Miles Plumlee. Suns always were high on Shump, though they are loaded in the backcourt

jtru001
jtru001

@purehussle FOH two seasons? and he only came to NBA now that he old as hell....he needs to go...timid mfer...he is terrible.

zebeto
zebeto

@knickfan2  unfortunatly i think Larkin is gonna be used as trade bait .......but yea, i agree with ur statement .

lindro88
lindro88

@eurojet  Did you see the season Tyreke  put together last year?  He doesn't rely on step back 3's on nights he doesn't feel like going to the rim.  He seemed to grow up, and when he was put in the starting lineup he was dominant.  Go look at some of his big games.

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@rgm891 No prob, they couldn't be traded for 90 days

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Knickname_. Larkin, Early and Timmy only played one year... Shump was good on D in his first year, last year, not so much! THJR was good on O first year, so why does Shump deserve another shot yet Timmy doesn't? Who is gonna help Melo with the scoring load? THJR is our 2nd or 2rd best scorer more or less

eurojet
eurojet

@Knickname_ @jtru001 @eurojet @purehussle lmao dont act like Shump can defend s.it. His rookie year was sensational, post injury his game has been fading. Resign Murry - he can do the same on defense.

jtru001
jtru001

@purehussle na eff that prigs is not good at all and dont belong on the Knicks or the nba in my opinion...dude is scared to shoot and plays timid af