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As the first day of NBA free agency kicked off, twenty-five year old point guard Chris Duhon met with Knicks officials in Westchester. He was offered a two year deal worth more than $7 million.

“Chris has the same interest as they do,” his agent, Kevin Bradbury said. “He sat down with Mike D’Antoini and talked philosophy. He has shown the ability to distribute the ball, but he can also shoot from the perimeter. He hasn’t always been allowed to do that. His defense, of course, everybody knows about. That’s unquestioned.”

At first I questioned the move, with other point guards on the market such as Keyon Dooling, Sebastian Telfair, Carlos Arroyo and Jason Williams, there’s the possibility of trading for Raymond Felton, Kyle Lowry, or Steve Blake. Landing Monta Ellis was a huge long-shot and with Baron Davis signing with the Los Angeles Clippers that dream is over. I would have liked to have seen the Knicks draft Jerryd Bayless or D.J Augustine to fill their point guard vacancy. Right now signing Duhon is smart because he is a serviceable backup and would fit the mold under Mike D’Antoni’s system.

Writes Newsday‘s Alan Hahn:

“New coach Mike D’Antoni is high on adding Duhon to his system. In fact, when D’Antoni was the Suns’ coach, he tried a few times to acquire Duhon as a backup Steve Nash.” 

The 6’1 Duhon is an above-average on the ball defender, and can shoot from the perimeter (career 35% shooter from downtown), but has the pass-first mentality. One aspect I do not agree with is the maturity or leadership he would bring. It was cited that he was benched and suspended because of missing tape sessions, team meetings and oversleeping. When he received playing time he excelled, having games of 34 points (vs. the Warriors) and dishing out 15 assists (vs. the Bucks) with a 4-1 assist-to-turnover-ratio, he would be a quality compliment to Stephon Marbury. This could also pave the way for the Knicks to buy out the remaining $21.9 million dollars left on Starburys’ contract. By the way, he is going to earn more than the entire Florida Marlins payroll. Duhon has only been in the league for three years and there is room to grow, especially in the new up-tempo system.

Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson are offensive minded guards so bringing in a guard like Duhon addresses a huge need. I heard an interesting comparison by Brandon Tierney comparing the ex-Duke guard to Charlie Ward. It was rumored he could accept the offer as early as today, however, he plans to meet with the Orlando Magic, and free agents can not officially sign with their teams until July 9th. The Magic signed Jameer Nelson to a five year, $40 million dollar extension last season, so Duhon could price himself out of contention. Donnie Walsh should then focus his efforts to moving David Lee and Zach Randolph.

There are currently 3 responses to “Chris Duhon: A step in the right direction”

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  1. 1 On July 3rd, 2008, UndraftedFreeAgent said:

    Chris Duhon, in the four years that I have watched him, will bring good defense and the ability the run an offense. He isn’t particularly creative with the ball, which might not work with D’Antoni. Though he shot 35% on three-pointers, he isn’t much of a shooter; he rarely shoots unless he is left wide open by the defense. As you mentioned, his professionalism leaves a lot to be desired. Still, he is solid as a backup.

  2. 2 On July 5th, 2008, Andrew said:

    According to Chris Duhon signed for 2 years at about $12 million

  3. 3 On July 5th, 2008, B.A. Baracus said:

    that’s quite a bit more than the rumored 7 mill. I’m happy with Duhon, but it’s not surprising that in the end the Knicks’ only legitimate recruiting tactic was once again their wallet. blowing their full mid-level exception on a career backup isn’t all that dissimilar from something isiah thomas might have done – only this guy plays defense. again, i like it, i’m just not happy about the money and i’m surprised duhon was valued so highly. i’m pleased that the knicks will finally have an on-ball defender at the point position though. it’s difficult to play team defense when your perimeter D can’t stay in front of the opposing point guard.

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