When the New York Knicks had success last year, they had a key cog in their rotation that they don’t have this year in Steve Novak. Andrea Bargnani was brought in to help make up for the three-point shooting the Knicks lost when Jason Kidd went to coach the team across the bridge and Chris Copeland left for the Indiana Pacers. Replacing these guys haven’t been easy for the Knicks, and in turn they haven’t been able to space the floor as well to give Carmelo Anthony the room to dish to a guy that can knock down threes.
Guys that have been trusted in this role have only been marginally successful. Iman Shumpert has struggled with his shot all year and hasn’t found the consistency in his spot up three-pointer that he had at least for the playoffs last season. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has been one of the bright spots in terms of three-point shooting, leading all rookies in three-point percentage and is fourth on the team.
The Knicks need a guy who can come off of the bench and provide that three-point scoring that they did so well last year. One of the guys that could help the Knicks is Sasha Vujacic.
Vujacic was most recently on the Los Angeles Clippers on a 10-day contract, but he wasn’t signed to a second from the Clippers. Vujacic is a career 37 percent three-point shooter and has shown that he can knock down threes with consistency. The Knicks currently don’t have a roster spot. A roster spot could be opened up if the Knicks waive disgruntled point guard Beno Udrih, who they failed to trade at the deadline.
Vujacic is a 6-foot-7 wing player with the ability to possibly play three positions as he has some experience playing point guard. This move wouldn’t turn the Knicks’ season around, but it could space the floor for Carmelo as we saw last season when the Knicks led the league in three-pointers made per game.