NY Knicks: Is it time to let the Deuce loose?

NY Knicks, Kemba Walker, Miles McBride, Jericho Sims (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Kemba Walker, Miles McBride, Jericho Sims (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

NY Knicks rookie point guard Miles McBride has been tearing it up in the NBA’s G-League right now.

The young guard has been proving that he deserves a spot in NY Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation with his stellar play for the Westchester Knicks.

The Knicks have been desperate for a point guard for the longest time. It could be that the Knicks may have their guy already, he just needs an opportunity.

Miles McBride is Dominating the NBA’s G-League

Miles McBride is flat out dominating the NBA’s G-League with the Westchester Knicks.

In games with Westchester this season McBride has averaged:

  • 31.7 Points
  • 11.0 Assists
  • 7.0 Rebounds

When McBride is playing with the Westchester Knicks he puts up numbers.

On January 19th in a game against the Maine Celtics, McBride put up 16 points and 16 assists.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later to a game against the Delaware Blue Coats on February 3rd, and McBride put up 39 points to go along with 10 assists and 9 rebounds.

McBride has shown that he is ready for the NBA with his stellar performances with the Westchester Knicks.

It would be wise for the Knicks to focus on the future of this team.

The Knicks currently sit at 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 25-32 record.

With the way the Knicks have been playing all season, their playoff hopes are dwindling down.

They will be lucky if they find themselves in a play-in game come the end of the season, which means it makes sense to see what the young guys can do.

What doesn’t make sense is to rely on players such as Alec Burks, Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, or Nerlens Noel to turn this season around. They’re likely better off being traded anyway.

As much as some fans might love those guys, they aren’t a part of this team’s future.

If Thibodeau gave Miles McBride an opportunity, it would allow the Knicks front office to see if their point guard issue can be solved from within.

The Knicks’ current point guard Derrick Rose has even been lobbying for McBride to get more time.

Thibodeau has been reluctant to play younger players his whole coaching career, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see McBride not get much of an opportunity.

With this season going nowhere, it makes sense to give McBride an opportunity though. The best way to learn is to get experience, and McBride needs that experience.

New York Knicks fans are desperate for this team to find a point guard.

This season the Knicks started off with Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose as their two points guards.

That plan failed quickly, with Rose being out most of the season, and Walker’s lackluster play and inability to stay on the court.

The lack of a point guard has forced head coach Tom Thibodeau to experiment with non-point guards such as Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks.

The Knicks average 21.4 assists per game currently, which ranks 29th in the NBA.

If the Knicks had a true point guard, this number would most definitely be up.

The young guard is great on the defensive side, which fits Coach Thibodeau’s system.

McBride can offer much better defense than Kemba Walker at this stage in his career, and much better playmaking than Burks or Quickley.

The Knicks have a guy in McBride who is a true point guard, along with no durability issues.

McBride could bring the Knicks a late spark to the season with his playmaking skills, defensive presence, and youthful energy.

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