Why The Knicks Should Pursue Trade For Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon

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The New York Knicks look like they are going to come up short of a playoff appearance this year after making a surprise run during the 2020-21 NBA season when they earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. To ensure that the playoff appearance wasn’t an aberration and a real step in the right direction, they have to make some changes this offseason.

While they haven’t won as much as they’d like, the Knicks have been a more competitive team in recent weeks. It is not surprising that the uptick in production has come simultaneously as Tom Thibodeau has been forced to use his younger players more.

All season, the strength of the Knicks has been their second unit, which is spearheaded by young players. Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin have been fixtures all season, while Quentin Grimes came on throughout the season. Before his season-ending injury, Cam Reddish was showing life in an expanded role and now Miles McBride is finding rotation minutes as well.

The Knicks youngsters are an energetic group, bringing energy every time they step on the floor. They get after it defensively, which creates open court opportunities and easy baskets, something the starting group sometimes struggles to generate.

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The front office and ownership have to feel good about the core that is being put together, but there is one glaring omission; a point guard. The Knicks have to put all of their effort and energy into solving that problem this offseason.

Adding a point guard would help make a lot of their issues go away. In the late game, crunch time situations, New York is unable to get into a position to succeed because there isn’t anyone to organization them on the court.

While fans would love for them to acquire Damian Lillard or De’Aaron Fox, both of them would be expensive in terms of assets. One player that may be attainable without breaking the bank is Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers.

Since Indiana acquired Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings in the deal that involved Domantas Sabonis, the Indiana Pacers seemingly have their point guard of the future. Brogdon is someone that shopped last offseason and could look to move again this upcoming summer.

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For New York, Brogdon would solve a lot of their issues in the backcourt. He has experience in several roles, as he can be the lead playmaker as the starting point guard or play off the ball as the shooting guard.

His skill set and size enable him to do both interchangeably. Standing 6’5”, he is more than capable of keeping up with backcourt players, but can also handle himself on the wing given his 6’11” wingspan.

Offensively, Malcolm Brogdon has already been a member of the illustrious 50-40-90 club, which is a season that which a player shoots at least 50 percent from the field overall, making at least 40 percent of their 3-point attempts and 90 percent of their free throws. That kind of efficiency is something New York’s offense could use more of.

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In the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon has also taken on more of a scoring role. Having another player that can create offense alongside RJ Barrett and Julus Randle will help take pressure off of them.

That was part of the reason that the Knicks signed Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier this offseason, so they had more offensive firepower. But, it came at the expense of the team’s defense, as Walker and Fournier both struggled mightily on that end of the court.

Brogdon is a strong two-way player and fits the need as what the Knicks need at the point of the attack. While not an All-Star, he would be a sizable upgrade and help push New York back into the playoff picture next season.

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