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The Dilemma of the Missing Two Guard




First of all, let's get this out of the way. I'm in no way criticizing the off-season that Donnie and the gang have put together this summer.  I'm in love with the new guys, be they Rookies, Russians, or Randolphs.  Just thinking about this roster and the style of play that's possible with these guys leaves me pitching tents all over the place.  That being said...

 

The Knicks are lacking a bit in the SG position. 

Not to say that there's a total black abyss at the position.  There just isn't a top name, full fledged two guard on the roster at this point.  

The options so far:

 

Bill Walker 

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Newly slimmed and trimmed, Bully dropped the weight that was holding him back last season and looked quicker in Summer League play.  However, he also crapped the bed in most of his appearances in Vegas.  VSL is by no means the final indication of how a player is going to perform in a given season, but Bill certainly is going to have to look better than he did last week.  He's going to get burn in the backcourt this year, hopefully he has adjusted and gotten used to his new sleek design by then.

 

Danilo Gallinari

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The Cock is the preferred choice by many to start the season in the driver's seat for the starting SG spot.  He can shoot the lights out and has the athleticism to play some minutes at the two, but he would be playing out of position.  Gallo matches up poorly with smaller guards, and should get most of his time playing SF. 

 

Some Wacky Combination of Toney Douglas and Raymond Felton

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These two compliment each other nicely while in the backcourt together, but most of those benefits fall on the offensive side of the ball.  Ray is like a cheeseburger at the Curry household; one minute he's there, and then he's gone in a flash.  The cat's crazy quick.  He'll get most if not all of his burn playing the point, which is exactly what he was brought here to do.  TD is more or less a natural combo guard, despite his skill at PG.  Putting these two together on the court would be fun for sure, but they match up poorly against bigger backcourts and this could lead to some iffy defense.

Kelenna Azubuike

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Bookie has the size and he has the defense to get meaningful minutes, but he lacks the scoring firepower to break the starting lineup.  That, and the fact that Kelenna is on the rebound from a serious injury hampers his chance to hold down the fort as a starter at this point.  He very well may surprise and impress, but it's a no-go for now.

 

I'm not putting Landry or Andy in here, because neither will be seeing many minutes this year anyway.  It happens.

 

So what's to be done?  Should the front office stick with what they put together already?  Should they be looking to use Expiring Eddy to snatch up a prime two guard?  Should they throw Timofey in the backcourt and let the hilarity ensue?  Leave yo thoughts.

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