- 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.
You may already be aware of this but the Knicks attempt a lot of 3-pointers. They also make a lot of 3-pointers. This inevitably leads to the discussion, similar to the Yankees “relying too heavily on the home run,” that the Knicks “live and die” by the 3-ball and that this style of play will hurt them in the playoffs.
If Tuesday’s Knicks victory over the Nets were a boxing match, Jason Kidd landed the knockout punch in the form of a (controversial?) three-pointer, evening the NBA version of the Subway Series at one game apiece.
Are the Knicks for real? How will Amare Stoudemire fit in? How about them point guards, eh?!
With the NBA’s and Knicks’ season in full swing, the time has come for the return of TheKnicksWall’s “Three Man Weave” column. This week, we’re taking a look at the Knicks top rated defense, the play of their three-headed monster at point guard and the change in the overall play of Carmelo Anthony