With tip-off just one week away and the NBA preseason coming to an end, the New York Knicks are on the verge of finalizing their roster; however, their plans may have taken a blow. Undrafted point guard Chasson Randle has suffered an orbital fracture, and his timeline to return is at least three weeks. His unfortunate injury leaves the Knicks with only two true point guards in Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. The Knicks may look internally for a replacement with shooting guard Sasha Vujacic. But if they decide to look elsewhere, they have some intriguing options to choose from to make their third string point guard.
The New York Knicks Are In Search Of A Third String Point Guard
Former Heat and Grizzlies point guard Mario Chalmers could be a player of intrigue. Overall, Chalmers is a sound player. He can hit the three pointer, put the ball on the floor, and while not great, Chalmers isn’t a bad defender. He has also proved that he can be a glue guy. During his time with the Miami Heat, Chalmers was able to produce enough to help assist Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, in what was the original big three, to two NBA championships. Despite the fact that Chalmers isn’t a franchise player or someone who you can run your offense through, he’s a proven player who could provide a spark off the Knick bench. However, if they wanted more of a veteran, perimeter point guard, the Knicks could look at Kirk Hinrich.
Longtime Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich could be a nice fit in New York. While on the back nine of his career, Hinrich still has some productive basketball left in him. He is still a good shooter from the outside, and can still run an offense to an extent; his defensive abilities are also above par. Hinrich would also be a good fit in Phil Jackson‘s triangle offense. Jackson likes to have guys who can hit the three pointer and pose a defensive threat on the perimeter. Despite his age, Hinrich would be a shrewd move for the Knicks. Another veteran point guard who would fit in seamlessly would be Steve Blake.
Former Lakers point guard Steve Blake would be an ideal signing for the Knicks. Blake, while not a formidable force defensively, has always been a reliable shooter from the outside. He could serve as a three-point snipper off the bench, which is a skill set the Knicks have been deprived of since Steve Novak. Blake would be a very good, under-the-radar signing for the Knicks.
The injury to youngster Chasson Randle has derailed the Knicks’ plans for finalizing their roster; however, they could find a replacement for him on the free agent market. With Mario Chalmers, and veterans such as Kirk Hinrich and Steve Blake available, the Knicks could find a serviceable player to fill the void that exists at point guard.