Took the time to plug in some numbers for a lot of the rumored options that have been out there for our available shooting guard spot.
Though for our shooting guard spot I think we need something that is essentially the opposite of what Landry Fields was.
The majority of our offensive production is on the inside: Lin attacks the basket, Melo and Stat get the ball on the posts, Tyson stands 2 feet from the basket when he's not setting a pick.
Also, our defensive production with that starting lineup leaves a lot to be desired, Melo and Stat put up dismal defensive ratings last season and those won't get better. With Shumpert out, having a guard in the starting lineup that can be a stopper is going to be necessary to win games.
So given the current mold of our team we need a shooting guard that
1) Is an awesomely efficient shooter
2) Has a good 3pt percentage
3) Has a low usage %, and doesn't hold on to the ball for long (opposite of JR Smith)
4) Is a great defender
5) Is above 6-3 (Lin's height)
Aside from points 3/5, Landry didn't really have any of these.
Let's take a look at some numbers though
Player Comparison with Wins Produced and basic stats
That's the +/- comparison. Smith/Meeks are pretty much tied overall, Meeks is a better defender by far, JR is better on offense. The other 3 aren't even on the map.
I think Meeks fits the mold perfectly.
Foye is a terrible defender (105 defensive rating, Meeks has a 97)
Mayo would demand too much money, minutes, and frankly for our offense, we can't have a shooting guard who dribbles too much and drives. (it just doesn't work when you have 3 other guys doing the same thing)