Following Raymond Felton’s arrest, the Knicks face a clear problem going forward: they don’t have a starting point guard. Though Felton’s arrest on gun charges still has to go through the legal system — remember: innocent until proven guilty — chances are, even if he’s found not guilty, that he won’t be with the team for awhile.
This issue is compounded by the Knicks just yesterday buying out Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. Udrih, earlier this season, started in Felton’s stead while Felton dealt with injuries, so currently, the Knicks have only Pablo Prigioni and Toure’ Murry. Both deserve playing time, but as the Knicks try to make a desperate push for the playoffs, they will need help.
More than likely, the Knicks will turn to free agency or the D-League to find another point guard. While there’s potentially better fits for the Knicks, they should seriously consider signing Jimmer Fredette, who is working on a buyout with the Sacramento Kings.
Fredette isn’t the ideal candidate for the Knicks. He has a combo guard body at 6’3″, 195 lb., but he isn’t quick enough to guard point guards, nor strong enough to guard shooting guards. He’s a defensive liability. The Kigns are three points better defensively per 100 possessions with Fredette off the court than on. Their offensive production goes down, too. Their field goal percentage increases when Fredette is off the court, as do their assists.
Whatever; it doesn’t matter. Screw it all, Knicks. Sign him! Fredette is 24-years old, cheap, and awesome. Fredette likes to shoot and score the ball. This season, he’s shooting the three-pointer at a 49% clip. For his career, he’s a 40% three-point shooter, and his per-36 minutes show that, if he were to actually earn that kind of court time, he’d average north of 16 points per game.
Fredette is a Glen Falls, NY native. He likes playing in New York. He dropped a season-high 24 points on 9-14 FG, 6-8 from three-point range. In 2012-13, Fredette posted his best splits of any opponent vs. the Knicks: 14.5 points per game, 70.8% FG, 2 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Most importantly, Jimmer Fredette shoots the ball from really far away, and that would be really fun to watch! “Jimmer Range,” they call it! Fredette isn’t a natural playmaker, but he’d be great next to Pablo Prigioni’s pass-first ways. He’d be a good player to surround Carmelo Anthony with to space the floor.
And, realistically, he’ll be a cheap, young free agent this summer, which the Knicks could always use.
Consider it, ya’ll.