It’s been no secret that the New York Knicks will have their eyes on a point guard this offseason.
Even before Jason Kidd announced his retirement, the Knicks were in the market for backup point guard for the 2013-14 season.
That man should be Detroit’s Will Bynum.
It’s still unclear whether or not the Knicks will target a backup point guard through the draft or in free agency, but once July 1 comes, the Knicks should seriously be looking Bynum’s way.
According to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Bynum has been drawing interest from both the Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would be a good fit for both teams.
The Knicks need a backup point guard who not only can step in and run the offense while Raymond Felton rests, but also one who can push the pace effectively, something Bynum is capable of doing.
In addition the Knicks had an issue getting scoring from their backup point guards in 2013. That shouldn’t be an issue for Bynum, who averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 assists per game, doing so in only 18.8 minutes of action. Bynum has always been a good scorer, but he improved his efficiency a lot in 2012-13, shooting a career-high 47 percent from the field and posting a 16.6 PER.
The only negative is that Bynum is too similar a player to Raymond Felton. Like Felton, Bynum’s game is based off penetrating and kicking. But also similar to Felton, Bynum struggles at the defensive end of the floor. Felton has proven he can’t guard 90 percent of the point guards in the NBA and while Bynum is a better defender, he’s not that much better. He’s a guy whose 6’0″ size makes him a liability as Bynum gambles a ton on defense.
Through the 2012 season, Bynum had the third-highest foul rate at his position while, according to 82games.com, opposing point guards posted a 16.5 PER against him.
However, Bynum would represent an upgrade overall from what the Knicks have now.
He’s also a realistic option, which makes even more sense for the Knicks. It would likely cost the team a good chunk of their $3 million taxpayers’ exception, but it would likely be worth it considering what other realistic options they could have.
Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony has asked for more scoring.
Bynum could be a cheap option at helping him get his wish.
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