Knicks: Jeff Hornacek Acknowledges Need For PG

 New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek likes what the team already has at point guard, but acknowledged the need for an upgrade.


Throughout Jeff Hornacek‘s tenure as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the roster was in a constant state of flux. Through all of the drastic changes and dramatic overhauls, one principle remained constant: Phoenix had stellar point guard play.

Hornacek is quite aware of the New York Knicks’ need to improve at said position.

New York has two quality players under contract in 34-year-old Jose Calderon and 23-year-old Jerian Grant. The Knicks also have 23-year-old Tony Wroten signed to a non-guaranteed contract.

Nevertheless, Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv reports that Hornacek would like to see the Knicks upgrade at point guard.

“Jose and Jerian are kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said. “But we’ll work with either one of them. If there’s something out there in free agency or whatever, these guys [Phil Jackson and Steve Mills] can bring in that guy that can help a younger point guard or lend some assistance to the older point guard, that would be making our team better.

“If they’re here, we work with them. Knowing some of the point guards we had in Phoenix we’ve had some good success to get them to the next level. So it’s exciting to work with all of them.”

Many Knicks fans share the opinion.

Hornacek doesn’t need a three-headed monster of star-caliber point guards. Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, and Isaiah Thomas formed one in Phoenix, but what actually matters is a continuity built between multiple playmakers.

If New York signs a big name in free agency, Grant and Wroten could provide that harmony offensively.

The star-caliber point guards on the open market are longtime Memphis Grizzlies floor general Mike Conley and reigning assists leader Rajon Rondo. Conley has become a postseason mainstay, thriving on both ends for a Grizzlies team that’s made the playoffs in six consecutive seasons.

Rondo, meanwhile, is a former NBA champion with four All-Star Game appearances, four All-Defensive Team selections, and three seasons during which he led the league in assists.

Beyond that duo is a sharp decline, but a crop of players who can be solid contributors remains. The explosive Jordan Clarkson and the pesky Matthew Dellavedova are restricted free agents, and pick-and-roll specialists D.J. Augustin and Jeremy Lin are unrestricted.

If New York were to add any one of the six players listed, the rotation would become significantly stronger because of it.

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