If Knicks Can't Get Joe Johnson, They'll Settle for Mike Miller
But there are times when that line of thinking can go too far. Such as thinking that Mike Miller is an acceptable substitute for Johnson. Which, naturally, is exactly what the Knicks are thinking of doing.
The New York Daily News reports that the Knicks are turning their attention to Mike Miller, provided they can get a deal with Amar'e Stoudemire finalized this weekend. The article claims the Knicks think Miller is a "suitable alternative" to Johnson. Which is a little nuts.
Don't get me wrong, the numbers think the idea's not bonkers. Miller is only a point behind Johnson in PER, and per-36 the numbers are very comparable. But Johnson above all is a playmaker, cable of taking over on offense and guiding a team through dry spells. He can produce in bunches and in versatile ways. Miller on the other hand is a spot-up shooter who's been trigger shy the last few seasons. Miller and Johnson's defensive abilities and tendencies are equivalent, but Johnson has higher athleticism.
Maybe the idea is to go with the same formula at a discounted price in order to get the Knicks' rebuilding effort off the ground. But trying to simply substitute Johnson's skillset with Miller's is a risky maneuver.
Then again, if you're the Knicks, maybe you're just glad to have a plan.