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New York’s Knicks Are On the Verge of a Youth Movement

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson

In a shocking and historic change of events, the New York Knicks may be on the verge of something they haven’t accomplished in my lifetime; a youth movement. The Knicks under Phil Jackson’s stewardship have traded veterans for youth in the past week and acquired two draft picks in the process.

 

The biggest catch in this trade to most sports pundits is Calderon. Jose Calderon is the best shootingjosecalderon point guard from three in the league……

            -Justin A. Williams

The often injured and aging former defensive player of the year Tyson Chandler and disappointing and often out of shape point guard Raymond Felton have been traded to the Dallas Mavericks for sharp shooting point guard Jose Calderon, young former first round pick Shane Larkin, defensive whiz Samuel Delambert and two second round picks who the Knicks turned into small forward Cleanthony Early and small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo. No they weren’t first round picks but Cleanthony and Thanasis are talented, athletic players who will have a chip on their shoulder to make the team.

 

The biggest catch in this trade to most sports pundits is Calderon. Jose Calderon is the best shooting point guard from three in the league and is a pass first point guard whose zone busting skills should make him an excellent fit in new coach Derek Fishers triangle offensive.

 

Shane Larkin

Shane Larkin

The real catch in this trade is Shane Larkin. At 5’11 he is undersized for his position but he makes up for a lack of height with awesome athleticism…..

-Justin A. Williams

            However, Calderon is 32 and plays no defense. He is apart of the present, a player just good enough to potentially entice Carmelo to stay yet inexpensive enough to provide the Knicks with the financial stability to sign bigger free agents next summer. The real catch in this trade is Shane Larkin. At 5’11 he is undersized for his position but he makes up for a lack of height with awesome athleticism. He is also a deft ball handler, a good shooter who will improve learning from Calderon and a heady passer who should get better learning from another point guard who had to overcome a lack of height to make it in the league. He is a proven winner who led his Miami Hurricanes deep into the NCAA Tournament only a year ago. Did I mention he was also the 18th pick in last year’s draft? Phil Jackson has done the most un-Knick thing to begin his reign as Knicks chief executive. He has turned veterans who were under performing into young assets and in the process made the Dallas Mavericks look old, desperate and misguided. Why else would you take a 32-year-old center who relies on fading athleticism and the worst statistical starting point guard in the league? Of course, our young talents may never pan out.

Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early

Larkin may be too small, Thanasis may be too raw and Cleanthony may never find a position on the floor; but the risk is worth it here because there is no risk. Our cap room is intact and in the NBA you win when you develop young talent to go along with your veteran leaders. Look at the spurs, it wasn’t Duncan or Parker or Ginobili or any other veteran star on their team who was Finals MVP , it was the young Kawhi Leonard who lead them to a championship. The Knicks may finally have a person in management who knows what he is doing and whether Carmelo resigns with us or not our future is in good hands.

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