Reinforcements to the Big Apple

by Andrew Tucci | Feb 12, 2024 | General | 0 comments

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Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks were acquired by the New York Knicks from the Detroit Pistons on trade deadline day in the NBA in exchange for guards Evan Fournier, Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn, and Ryan Arcidiacono as well as two second-round picks.

With injuries to OG Anunoby, Mitchell Robinson, and Julius Randle, New York hopes to finish in the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference. Adding two veterans who can enter the rotation right away will help strengthen the club.

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With Julius Randle out, Bogdanovic who averaged 20.2 points and shot 41.5% from 3-point range for Detroit this season, will take over as the team’s starting power forward right away. Once their injured players start playing again, Bogdanovic, a dynamic scorer and shooter, will help relieve some of the strain on All-Star Jalen Brunson and provide the Knicks with extra scoring off the bench.

Additionally, Bogdanovic’s contract for the upcoming season is partially guaranteed, so the Knicks may decide to keep him on the team or let him go based on their salary limitations.

According to Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, “The Knicks rank just 15th in three-point accuracy (36.9 percent) and 14th in made threes per game (13.1)”, both of these being areas where Bogdanović would help the team out tremendously. Another premier scoring option for the Knicks is definitely something they needed to help their star players out.

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Before agreeing to a contract with the Pistons, Burks, 32, played for New York for the 2020–21 and 2020–22 seasons. In his first season, he averaged 12.7 points, while in his second, he scored 11.7. Burks averaged 12.6 points and shot 40.1% from three-point range on 5.7 tries per game in 43 games for Detroit this season.

Since Alec had already played for the Knicks and under coach Tom Thibodeau, he has a sense of the system that the Knicks play and is a good bench role player for them. In addition, he can handle the ball well and has shot at least 40% from beyond the arc in each of the previous four seasons.

He will figure to be a key part of the Knicks 3 point shooting success for the hopeful deep playoff run they look to go on this season. Burks will also be a good filler guy for the injuries the team has and look to keep the team rolling with their winning ways.

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Grimes, 23, was chosen by New York with the 25th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He started for the Knicks for the majority of the previous season before being benched late this year. However, as a career 37.9% 3-point shooter on five attempts per game, he should fit in nicely on the wing for the Pistons, a team that needs shooting pretty badly.

He scored 11.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting, including 38.6 percent from three, on average in his sophomore season, both career highs. Nevertheless, Grimes’s role diminished as Donte DiVincenzo was acquired by the team this offseason, sending Grimes to the second unit. Grimes averaged 7.3 points on 39.5 percent shooting, including 36.3 percent from three, in 45 games this season.

Following his exclusion from Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation the previous season, Fournier, 31, has played in just three games this season. Should he manage to break free from Detroit, he would be a valuable asset for teams in the race for a buyout. He has a team option for the upcoming season.

For the final two pieces headed to Detroit, Flynn had just moved to New York last month when New York traded for Anunoby, and Arcidiacono had only played mop-up minutes off the bench for New York in 20 games this season, without ever scoring a point. This trade just before the 3pm EST deadline on trade deadline day seemingly was a need for the Knicks as they wanted to add more depth and better shooting from beyond the arch. The Knicks roster is now set for a hopeful deep playoff run and championship for the 2023 season.

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