Are the New York Knicks Relying Too Much on Jason Kidd?

By A.J. Speier
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When Raymond Felton suffered an injury, the New York Knicks were forced to move Jason Kidd from shooting guard to point guard and this team no longer looks like a championship-caliber team.

In the eight games the Knicks have played without Felton, they have a 3-5 record. The first three games Kidd started at point guard, he had at least 15 points and seven assists with few turnovers, but over the last five games, he’s averaged 7.2 points and just 3.8 assists.

At age 39, the Knicks know they can’t ask for too much from Kidd, but to this point in the season, he’s surprisingly averaging 29.6 minutes per game.

It certainly looks like Kidd is starting to wear down too.

In the Knicks last two games, which were against the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, Kidd averaged four points and 1.5 assists

The Knicks originally signed Kidd to be a backup point guard behind either Felton or Jeremy Lin, but impressed during training camp and won the starting job at shooting guard with Ronnie Brewer moving to small forward and Carmelo Anthony to power forward.

If Kidd continues to show signs of wearing down, the Knicks might have to make a move and sign a free agent point guard. His current backup is 35-year old Pablo Prigioni.

However, there is some positive news for the Knicks.

Iman Shumpert is expected to be back on Thursday when the Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons in London. Last season Shumpert played both point guard and shooting guard, so its conceivable the Knicks could stick Shumpert there for the time being to take some pressure off of Kidd.

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