New York Knicks: 3 Offseason needs exposed by the Hawks series

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The New York Knicks need more knock-down shooting

As explored in the intro, the Knicks were simply too easy to defend against the Hawks. It required a maximum, teeth-pulling effort each time down the floor to generate shots, and even then they rarely seemed to go in. Spacing was limited and ball movement was stagnant.

A high volume 3 point sharp shooter or two would go a long way. The Knicks had no players in the top 50 of three-point attempts and only three — Bullock, Randle, and Burks — in the top 100.

We saw the value of players like Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari throughout the series and what they did for the Hawks’ offense.

On top of the scoring, it would bring, a genuinely dangerous consistent three-point threat (or two) would have opened things up for Randle and allowed freer movement for RJ.

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert is such a player and could be available when the Knicks make their first selection at 19. If he isn’t, he is very much a prospect worth trading up for.