With Ronnie Brewer still recovering from knee surgery, the New York Knicks are exploring other options to prepare for the possibility that he won’t be ready for the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets.
Brewer hoped to be practicing this week, but has yet to begin running at full speed. He is expected to get evaluated some time this week.
In the Knicks’ first preseason game of the season against Washington Wizards, Mychel Thompson got the start at shooting guard, but he made just two free throws and missed five of his shots from the field, including four three-pointers. In the second preseason game, Thompson made two of seven shots from the field coming off of the bench.
James White was given the start in the Knicks’ second preseason game, which was against the Boston Celtics, but he struggled as well, making just one of seven shots from the field and missing all of his three-point attempts.
The Knicks have said they want to keep J.R. Smith in a sixth man role coming off of the bench, so they may have to consider other alternatives. It is possible that they could start him with Thompson and White coming off of the bench.
With three point guards that are currently healthy in Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni, the Knicks could move Kidd to shooting guard since he has displayed the ability to play off the ball offensively and defensively.
Kidd has struggled with his shot in preseason so far, though. He’s averaging 5.5 points and has made just one of his nine three-pointers attempted in 28.5 minutes per game.
Prigioni has 8.5 points 4.5 assists, making four of ten three-pointers in 25 minutes per game.
The Knicks have also been rumored to have interest in Josh Howard and had Tracy McGrady do a workout for them during the offseason. McGrady signed a one-year deal with Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association after he realized he wasn’t going to get a deal with a team in the NBA.