2011 Free Agency, NBA / Dec 20, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Mike D’Antoni & The Knicks Finally Get Their Three-Point Shooter

New York Knicks

What made Mike D’Antoni and the Phoenix Suns such a threat in the Western Conference was the fact that he had an arsenal of shooters at his disposal. But when D’Antoni first arrived in New York, his best three-point threat was Al Harrington. That’s not good. Last year, Toney Douglas was the only player on the Knicks to hit more than 100 three-pointers, finishing the season with 143. They also had sharpshooter Andy Rautins on the roster, but never used him. Finally, it appears D’Antoni has found his man.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks will sign three-point specialist Steve Novak to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum contract if he clears waivers on Wednesday.

The Spurs placed Novak on waivers yesterday, after he re-signed with the club on Dec. 15. This was reportedly done as a favor to the six-year vet who didn’t have a fully guaranteed salary for the season.

Novak, a 6-11 forward, will provide New York with something they’ve desperately been in search of the past few years: a shooter off the bench. Novak is that guy. Out of his 723 career field-goal attempts, 513 have come from behind the three-point line. And he’s a career 41.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Here’s an example of what he can do from this March against Miami:

While Novak won’t ever get the credit he deserves, he could be one of the last missing pieces to New York’s puzzle.

What do you think? Is Novak the right guy? What does New York need to win a title?

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  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    As much as this wants to make me laugh, Novak in D’Antoni’s “shoot-first-ask-questions-later” offense could be scary. Who cares if he doesn’t play defence? Other than Chandler, who does?

  • TJ 2

    i see NY adopting the Heat way of building a roster, getting three main guys and just filling up the rest of the roster with young solid guys and vet minimum guys and praying they pan out! pretty soon they gone sign dampier and carlos arroyo!

  • Dana Walker

    is the article a joke?

  • Dana Walker

    Yeah and Antonio McDyess has retired. Yeah but write about some chump Steve Novak.

  • Sean Sweeney

    ^^ Yeah because McDyess is such a beast these days…

  • NYK

    just take gilbert arenas already. he can shoot the lights out

    but he probably can’t stand d’antoni guy is still fumed from the 08 olympics snub

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    ^^ Knicks need people that shoot basketballs, not handguns… Thats the reason why they didnt sign Arenas!

  • Baller

    I am not a big fan of Chris Paul, but after watching CP3 with the Clips, I can honestly say if he were on the Knicks, they would be able to beat the Miami Heat in a series, real talk

  • Dana Walker

    Sean, he was more of a player than this jackoff. Plus he came back from two major knee injuries and still played into his late 30’s and people actually recognize the name. This guy. He is and will continue to do his best Mike Dunleavy Jr. impression.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    @ Dana Walker

    Did Novak sleep with your girl?

  • ab40

    new york’s puzzle is still scrambled. where should his minutes be? melo and amare are gonna have to play 38 just to be competative same for chanler who’ll probably be at 36. D’antoni is going to get fired this year.

  • QQ

    @aron

    Dana is a FEGT.

    That is all.

    QQ DA BOSS!!! (Aron, plz verify. Thanks.)

  • buffalo balla

    they all set now…(eyes looking up at the ceiling)

  • sonic

    Um MIKE BIBBY anybody? How is he not a more accomplished shooter than Novak?

  • beiber newz

    DIME: “While Novak won’t ever get the credit he deserves, he could be one of the last missing pieces to New York’s puzzle.”

    if someone commenting here woulda sed that, they wulda been called a CRAZED FAN.

  • http://brokejumper.com/ Brokejumper

    Who’s next on the radar? Kevin Pittsnogle?

  • beiber newz

    ^i think they may take bird out of retirement