When the New York Knicks are hitting their 3-point shots, they are virtually unbeatable. When Steve Novak, last season’s leader in 3-point %, attempts 7+ three’s, the Knicks are 12-2.
The problem with Novak is that his long range shooting is all he brings to the team. He is one of the worst defenders in the NBA, and struggles to contribute anything other than shooting when on the floor. What he does, though, he does well.
Novak is giving New York 6.8 points per night, but his 3-point percentage is down from last season’s in which he led the league. He’s currently at 44% in 2012-13, down from 47% in 2011-12.
Novak is starting to find his groove, however, as Jason and Kidd and Raymond Felton are proving to more consistent options at PG than Jeremy Lin was last season. In the Knicks last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Novak hit four of his seven 3-point attempts for 15 points.
Speaking of Kidd, the Knicks need more scoring consistency from the veteran PG. Prior to New York’s last two games, Kidd’s shooting had been ice cold. Maybe it was more like dry ice, as J-Kidd shot 10 of 47 (21%) in the ten games leading up to New York’s most recent contests against Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
The future Hall-of-Famer shot 7-10 from downtown for the Knicks, and played over 30 minutes in each game. In addition to his shooting, Kidd added 8 rebounds and 3 steals against both Miami (loss) and Cleveland (won).
It may seem crazy that a team that with an MVP candidate in Carmelo Anthony and rejuvenated superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire has to rely on players like Novak and Kidd as much as they do. But ‘Melo and STAT can’t do it all.
If Novak and Kidd continue to hit shots and stretch the floor for New York, the Knicks will be able to contend with Miami in the play-offs.