New York Knicks: 15 greatest floor generals of all-time

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Chris Childs, New York Knicks
23 Apr 2000: Chris Childs tries to get the crowd into the game after teammate Larry Johnson hit a three-point basket to give the Knicks a 88-85 over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Knicks won game one of the first round playoff matchup 92-88. /

player. 27. . Point guard. 1996-01. Chris Childs. 12

Chris Childs proved to be a very solid point guard during his time in the Big Apple, always in a hurry and yet never did it seem he was out of control.

During his five seasons with the Knicks, Childs averaged 4.6 assists per game. A modest sum, sure, but considering he only played 26.3 minutes almost exclusively off the bench — except for his first season in New York — he was actually a fairly dependable floor general.

The man just had so much energy on the basketball court, which is how he played. Whenever he got the ball on a missed shot, he’d break out into a sprint up the court even when the defense had numbers, trying to see if anything would materialize for his teammates to get an open look.

In the half-court setting, Childs was just as aggressive, bursting into a quick sprint down the lane and either taking it himself at the bucket or dishing the ball off to an open teammate. There were times where, after inbounding the basketball, Childs would push it up the court. He was just that quick and was always looking to get an easy bucket when the defense wasn’t paying attention.

Aside from dishing, Childs would use his speed and quickness to get some shots for himself, getting open via the pick-and-roll or realizing that he, in fact, has the open shot sprinting down the court in transition. Like most point guards, he had to find that symmetry, and he was pretty good at doing so.