Chris Duhon should have seen the writing on the wall when head coach Mike D’Antoni benched him in favor of shooting guard Nate Robinson about a week ago.
Duhon, a natural point guard, got benched for a guy with very little point guard skills, no size, and a shoot-first mentality.
That alone should tell you what D’Antoni thinks of Duhon.
The trade for former Sacramento Kings back-up point guard Sergio Rodriguez should tell you a little more.
The fact is, Rodriguez is a vastly talented, young point guard who could thrive in the right system (D’Antoni’s specifically), and with the proper amount of minutes.
Duhon, on the other hand, belongs coming off the bench. We’ve seen him try this whole “starter” thing and whil is was cute last year while he averaged over 11 points and seven assists per game in over 36 minutes per game.
That was supposed to be Duhon’s progress from a back-up to a star in D’Antoni’s system, but instead, he’s actually regressed.
In over 33 minutes per game this year, Duhon is shooting just over 34 percent from the field, with less than eight points and just over six assists per game.
Needless to say, the Knicks are suffering from this average work at the point, are 19-34, and need a change.
That’s where Rodriguez comes in (literally).
He was brought in from Sacramento for almost nothing, but as a former first-rounder, the kid (just 23) carries a ton of potential, and is a better shooter and overall point guard prospect than Duhon.
Rodriguez has never really gotten much of a chance to prove himself in his short four-year career, never averaging more than 16 minutes per game in a season, and could finally get his first look at serious game action.
The last time Rodriguez topped 20+ logged minutes with the Kings, he had eight points and six assists, while scoring 10 points and dishing out three assists in each of his last two games where he played at least 16 minutes.
Considering he has usually been sharing the court with either Beno Udrih or Tyreke Evans when he’s been on the court, he hasn’t had the opportunity to take the ball up the floor and make plays too often.
In D’Antoni’s system, we’ll finally get to see Rodriguex go to work with good shooting, excellent passing ability, and solid court vision. He’s no lock to rise in D’Antoni’s system as another Steve Nash, but he’s definitely worth a look.
Keep a close eye on Rodriguez and bank on him getting a good, hard look at he point for the struggling Knicks.
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