- Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd: 548 minutes, 113.7 offensive rating, 103.6 defensive rating.
- Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni: 25 minutes, 129.7 offensive rating, 101.7 defensive rating.
- Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni: 108 minutes, 113.8 offensive rating, 109.8 defensive rating.
The Knicks have three point guards on their roster, and so far this season, they have excelled when they play two of the three on the floor together, as you can see from the numbers above.
When Raymond Felton went down with his third hand injury that put him into street clothes, the team began to back away from two point guard lineups. For most of the season, the duo of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd started games, which led both players to excel. Felton was driving and finding Chandler on the pick-and-roll alley-oop, while Kidd waited out around the three-point line, whether to knock down an open jumper, if the ball was swung to him, or to facilitate ball movement.
As the Knicks have veered away from two-point guard lineups, Jason Kidd’s turnover rate has gone up, as he’s holding onto the ball much more than a 39-year-old point guard should, and isn’t quick enough off the pick-and-roll to lead opposing defenders away from Tyson Chandler.
Even though the Knicks have just two points guards remaining, they can still play them together at times, getting back to the type of play that helped them jump out to such a hot start this season, especially on offense.
As of late, the Knicks’ defense has been pretty bad: 106 points for Sacramento and Orlando, 105 for Portland, just to name a few. In these recent contests, it has been more common to see the Knicks’ opponent in triple digits than to see them. And, as you can see from the statistics above, when playing with two point guards, while the defense isn’t superb, allowing 100+ points per 100 possessions, the offense more than compensates for it.
So, with the Knicks’ recent struggles on both ends of the floor, I think the Knicks should deploy Kidd and Prigioni together much more, as the offense picks up drastically, while the defense doesn’t get much worse than it already is.