Jan 2, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) reacts after a shot during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT

New York Knicks: Why Mike Woodson should use more of Toure' Murry and Iman Shumpert


While New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson continues to make head scratching decisions that have ultimately cost this Knicks team some games, it goes without saying that some changes need to be made.

One of those decisions should come in the backcourt.

Dec 28, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks guard Toure

Now it’s a no-brainer that Woodson will run Raymond Felton out there when he is healthy and his boy J.R. Smith will continue to get major minutes, but while Woodson continues to do that, his guards will continue to get torched by opposing backcourts.

One option Woodson should consider employing, at least late in games in potentially using Toure’ Murry and Iman Shumpert together more often.

It’s a bit risky throwing the young Murry out there in tight situations, but he likely gives the Knicks a better chance of winning than a guy like Felton or Beno Udrih, who combined can’t stop anyone.

In the short time that Murry and Shump have shared the backcourt, the results have been tremendous.

It’s a short sample size as they have only played 38 minutes together, but in that span the Knicks have outscored the opposition by 25.3 points.

More importantly they allow a mere 81.3 points per 100 possessions when paired together, clearly the Knicks best backcourt duo at the moment.

A good coach would take what works and build around it.

Is Murry the ideal candidate to log major minutes at the point right now?

That answer is likely no. But finally the Knicks have found a duo that works, at least in a short sample.

Murry is a guard that will move the ball and is the Knicks best option at defending opposing point guards. Shumpert seems to have his confidence back and is playing his best basketball in a Knicks uniform lately.

It makes a lot of sense to pair the two together more often.

However judging by how Woodson likes to operate, once Felton is back Murry will be buried at the end of the Knicks bench and the seas will once again part as opposing point guards will have a field day getting to the basket.

There are minor changes that can be made to hopefully start turning some of these losses into wins.

That all rests on Woodson’s shoulders though as it is highly unlikely he will cut the minutes of a pair of his unproductive favorites.

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