NBA Scramble: Knicks Get A Shooter, Magic Land A Point Guard

February 20, 2009 at 3:36 am Leave a comment


The last day of trading in the NBA was sure to bring some new faces to new places. The New York Knicks added a scorer to fill the void that was left when they traded Jamal Crawford and the Orlando Magic tried their best to temporarily replace their injured point guard, Jameer Nelson.

The Knicks aquired Larry Hughes from the Chicago Bulls in order to add some scoring to their backcourt. Nate Robinson has been doing well as of late but D’Antoni is always willing to bring on more scoring. If Hughes can stay healthy for a decent amount of time then he can contribute decent numbers.

The Knicks also brought in Chris Wilcox from the Oklahoma City Thunder. They traded Malik Rose (yea, he’s still around and getting paid a lot). I am big on Wilcox (I’m a homer) and I think this trade really works for New York. In fact, I think the Wilcox trade may be better than the Hughes trade. Again, Hughes struggles to stay healthy but Wilcox can go off sometimes. Wilcox’s main problem for not living up to potential was leaving Maryland after his sophomore season, but that’s a topic for another day. Wilcox had productive years in Seattle and I look for him to return to that same form in New York.

And the Magic were unfortunately hit with the injury bug when their starting point guard, Jameer Nelson, went down with a shoulder injury. Nelson really broke out this year and proved to a lot of people what he is capable of doing. Losing him was HUGE, but his temporary replacement aint’ too shabby. The Knicks aquired Rafer Alston from Houston in a three-team deal. Alston can play playoff-caliber basketball, I don’t see anything wrong with this move. The Magic originally brought in Tyronn Lue to fill the space at point guard, but Alston is a much better option. Nelson’s injury certainly affected the Magic’s seeding in the playoffs but Rafer Alston could keep them hovering somewhere around their full potential.


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