In all the years Carmelo Anthony has been a Knick, there was one point-guard that was such a perfect fit for Anthony’s game, but that one point-guard was hard to get since he was already playing for a team.
At that point-guard was on the trading block, but the Knicks didn’t have enough assets to get him.
Last offseason the Knicks had a chance to get him since he was free agent, like he is now, although his style of game didn’t fit our system…
But now with that system officially gone and that point-guard, by the name of Rajon Rondo, is a free agent, the New York Knicks should get him.
They’re reports that the Knicks have interest in Rondo. How high are they for him? We don’t know.
They also have interest for other point-guards as well, but Rondo is the right one.
Ever since Melo became a Knick, Rondo has always been the right one. Now that the Knicks have a 7-foot 3 unicorn, now I’d want him more than ever.
Not just because of his championship pedigree and playoff experience, but he’s such a perfect fit for Melo. Rondo is prototypical pass-first point-guard and assist genius, while Melo is prototypical scoring guard and scoring genius. You put those two together, you have yourself a pretty tough tandem in the NBA.
Then when you add Kristaps Porzingis to the mix, alongside Melo, we might see Rondo have double-digit assist, every night.
We all know Rondo has gotten into a bit of drama in teams he’s been on, but I really feel if he gets to play with Melo and Porzingis and playing in the most famous arena in the world, I think we’ll get the best out of Rondo.
And if he does sign with the Knicks, he might not get to play with Melo, since the Knicks are still interested in trading him. I personally think they should keep Melo since he’s only two years left on his contract and I feel like he’ll turn it around or realize that his is Porzingis’ team and give him the floor.
But if Rondo doesn’t get to play with Melo and only Porzingis, that’s still pretty good. With the things Porzingis can do with his height and athleticism, Rondo would have a field day with a player like that.
With Rondo, Melo and Porzingis, the Knicks will make the playoffs. No question about it. It’s not like Melo, Porzingis and Derrick Rose, since Rose didn’t even seem to want to play with the rest of his teammates. Nor did he facilitate the basketball.
The last time the Knicks had a proven point-guard, with championship/playoff experience, was Jason Kidd. He wasn’t a starting point-guard in that 2012-23 season, but he gave that Knick team — which was the last time the Knicks made the playoffs — leadership, as they rolled to the playoffs as a second seed team.
Would Rondo provide that leadership, like Kidd did? I think he can. Not only he can be a leader on the team, he can take the Knicks newest draft pick, Frank Ntilikina.
The Knicks have stated that they want a veteran point-guard to guide Ntilikina. Who better than a defensive point-guard like Rondo, which is what Ntilikina is.
How perfect would it be with Melo guiding Porzingis and Rondo doing the same to Ntilikina.
The one thing Melo never had, in his tenure in New York, was a point-guard. Someone who can quarterback the team, instead of him taking up the ball up the court, then having to score every time. Really — he’s never had a point-guard to play with. From Chauncey Billups, Jeremy Lin, Raymond Felton, Jose Calderon, Derrick Rose – who was the biggest name, but not a real point-guard.
Give Melo a chance and give him Rondo.
If you look at this Knick team, it doesn’t need that much change. It just needs a true point-guard. That’s all. The Knicks were a couple of games over .500 in the beginning of the season, then they collapse. They have shot to be good; especially in this eastern conference.