There is a new report out of the Knicks front office that the organization is looking to acquire Chris Paul because he’s a winner or some dumb intangible that only a bad franchise would convince themselves. A New York Knicks Chris Paul marriage is imminent whether we like it or not.
There are still people within the Knicks organization that feel trading for Chris Paul could help jump-start their effort to build a winning culture.
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) April 30, 2020
“I think there are still people with the Knicks who feel that bringing Chris Paul onto this roster at this time would jumpstart the franchise’s effort to build a winning culture, to give these young players winning habits,”
Let’s talk about the facade of winning culture for a second. It doesn’t exist.
Do you know why teams like the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings always lose? Because the front office stinks and consistently puts together bad rosters. Players don’t walk into Charlotte Hornets locker room and are suddenly washed over with the uncontrollable desire to lose.
Do you know what winning culture is? Having great players on your team.
Weird how suddenly the San Antonio Spurs who were the face of this winning culture bullshit are now out of the playoffs. It’s almost as if winning culture is dumb and the reason why they were winning championships is that Tim Duncan is the greatest basketball player of his generation.
So in a way, the Knicks aren’t wrong. Chris Paul would provide this imaginary winning culture. But the team wouldn’t start winning games because CP’s urine radiates winning. No, it’s because he’s one of the best point guards ever and he’s astronomically better than everyone on the roster.
But here’s the problem with acquiring Paul to show the young players how to win: how do the Knicks expect to trade for Chris Paul without giving away all of those young players they want him to develop?
You could maybe make the argument that Oklahoma City Thunder GM, Sam Presti, would take on expiring contracts that match Paul’s contract to get his money off the books. But that would make Presti a bad GM which unfortunately, he is not.
Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points per game with 6.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds on 49% shooting from the field and 36% from the 3-point line all while leading the Thunder to the FIFTH SEED in the West.
If the Thunder were to move Chris Paul, they’d need young studs to build with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and co. They’d want RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks current first round pick which would probably be in the Top 4 and either Frank Ntilikina or Kevin Knox.
So cool, the Knicks front office wants Chris to come in and lead whom? Kevin Knox and Damyean Dotson?
So should the New York Knicks trade for Chris Paul?
Yes, if the Thunder only wants Reggie Bullock and Julius Randle. Otherwise, fuck no.
They’d have to sacrifice all of the tanking and losing and assets they’ve acquired in the process for a 35-year old injury-prone point guard who would be absolutely disappointed to be here and check out by game 5 watching Julius Randle spin into a double team and throw the ball into the 7th row.
Oh, it’s also worth pointing out that new Knicks team president, Leon Rose, used to be Chris Paul’s manager. As I wrote earlier this week about Rose keeping failing GM, Scott Perry, despite building a team that’s 100 games below .500 during his tenure—Leon Rose seems to be doing the least amount of work possible.