The New York Knicks went into the 2013 NBA Playoffs as the two-seed in the Eastern Conference after a regular season where many people thought that they could possibly be contenders. Obviously with the Knicks being successful going into the postseason, the expectations for New York were sky-high.
Ultimately those high expectations only set up the fans and the team for disappointment. After weathering the through a first round series with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks lost in six games to the Indiana Pacers, eliminating them from the playoffs and from any talks about being a contender.
Looking ahead to next season, though, the Knicks have a lot of talent on their roster with guys like Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler, possibly Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, if healthy. However, there are still big questions about this team, especially with their inability to make big signings in free agency due to the salary cap.
One of those big questions is their point guard play. As of right now, the Knicks have only two point guards on their roster in Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton after Jason Kidd’s retirement.
In 78 games last season, Prigioni averaged just 3.5 points, three assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from three. Meanwhile, in 68 games last year, Felton averaged 13.9 points, 5.5 assists, 2.9 boards and 1.4 steals in 34 minutes per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 36 percent from long-range.
The reasons their point guard play is problematic looking ahead to next season is the fact that Prigioni is 36 years old and has limited NBA experience and that Felton is a wildly inconsistent point guard. When it comes to both players, you never really know what you’re going to get on any given night.
While neither player is going to be the focal point of the offense at any time, they still have to effectively run the offense and make things happen. However, it’s hard to know what Felton or what Prigioni they are going to get on a nightly basis. Though the Knicks have talent, that’s a big problem looking forward.