jon abbey Said:
Mike, can you do a piece on the roster situation? I read that Houston takes them to 20 guys, do we have a list of them somewhere? when do they have to cut that to 15, by opening night?
Sure thing Jon. And I do believe we have to cut the roster to 15 by opening day (or thereabouts), with only 12 suiting up each night. Up to 3 players can be inactive, with the option to send players to the NBDL. If a veteran player is on the inactive list, they usually make up a fake injury by throwing darts on an injury labeled dartboard.
|32||Renaldo Balkman||F||6-8||208||Jul. 14, 1984||South Carolina||1|
|11||Jamal Crawford||G||6-5||200||Mar. 20, 1980||Michigan||7|
|34||Eddy Curry||C||6-11||285||Dec. 5, 1982||Thornwood HS (IL)||6|
|42||David Lee||F||6-9||240||Apr. 29, 1983||Florida||2|
|3||Stephon Marbury||G||6-2||205||Feb. 20, 1977||Georgia Tech||11|
|50||Zach Randolph||F||6-9||260||Jul. 16, 1981||Michigan State||6|
|23||Quentin Richardson||G/F||6-6||235||Apr. 13, 1980||DePaul||7|
Barring a trade these guys will be on the roster in November.
Probables: 3 (10)
|5||Randolph Morris||C/F||6-11||260||Jan. 2, 1986||Kentucky||1|
|25||Mardy Collins||G||6-6||220||Aug. 4, 1984||Temple||1|
I’d be hard to imagine one of these guys not making the team, but if I had to choose one of the three I could see Collins being the odd man out. Yes Isiah gave him the keys to the team at the end of the year, mostly because of a decimated lineup. The guy is a fine defender, but he can’t hit a jumpshot anywhere on the court. And while you can live with that at a few positions, point guard isn’t one of them. Personally I like Collins, and this team definitely needs a perimeter defender of his caliber. For how much we think NBA front offices are clueless about per minute stats and shooting percentages, I could see them evaluating Collins poorly.
Possibles: 3 (13)
|20||Jared Jeffries||F||6-11||240||Nov. 25, 1981||Indiana||5|
|31||Malik Rose||F||6-7||255||Nov. 23, 1974||Drexel||11|
It’s not so much that I don’t think Chandler will be cut, but it’s possible that he ends up in the NBDL instead of the NBA. Remember when the Knicks drafted Sweetney and had too many PFs? Sweetney started the year in the developmental league, and Chandler may just find himself in a similar situation. Looking above, there are already 5 guys that can play SF/PF. Randolph and Lee should eat up all the minutes at power forward. At small forward you have Richardson, Balkman, Jeffries, and possibly Lee & Rose. Oh don’t forget that Isiah likes to play 3 guards every now and then. If Chandler does make the roster, he’ll likely see more time at the end of the bench.
Of course the other options are cutting Collins above or buying out either Jeffries or Rose. None of these are particularly easy pills for Isiah to swallow. Jeffries is too young and has 4 years left on his deal. On the other hand Rose is the only defensively minded power forward on the team, and he has 2 years on his contract as well. Of the three Rose is more likely to go, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. It seems that Isiah tends to buy out Knicks that he’s burned his bridges with, as opposed to ones that have outlived their usefulness.
On the Outside Looking In: 3 (16)
|2||Fred Jones||G||6-2||225||Mar. 11, 1979||Oregon||5|
|1||Jared Jordan||G||6-2||190||Oct. 14, 1984||Marist||1|
|35||Demetris Nichols||G/F||6-8||215||Sep. 4, 1984||Syracuse||R|
The two rookies are intriguing. Considering that Isiah keeps them, both should play in the NBDL this year. Although if I had to choose one to make the team it would be Nichols. Having an outside shooter on the bench will be useful when teams zone it up on Curry/Randolph.
Isiah coached Mr. Jones from his days in Indiana. The problem is Indiana Jones couldn’t crack 20 min/g for a losing Portland team last year. Yes he’s athletic and can (supposedly) play defense. But I’d rather roll my dice with a younger more useful Mardy Collins.
Oh God Please No! 2 (18)
|13||Jerome James||C||7-1||285||Nov. 17, 1975||Florida A&M||8|
It’s time to cut Jerome James. Isiah inserted him into the starting lineup for a stretch last year & he still couldn’t manage to stay on the court for long. James only managed 272 minutes on the season. As for Allan Houston, he was most useful for the Knicks when the team had lots of talent at the other spots. If he’s serious about a comeback he should find a team that fits that description.
Who? 2 (20)
|6||Walker Russell, Jr.||G||6-1||170||Oct. 6, 1982||Jacksonville State||R|
|26||Roderick Wilmont||G||6-4||205||Jul. 28, 1983||Indiana||R|
Usually I’m pretty thorough with my research, however there is such a small chance that anyone other than the above makes the team that I won’t even bother with anyone this low on the depth chart.
Who makes the team?
How the roster shapes out depends on two things. The first is how badly Isiah thinks he needs a third center on the roster. Cato had that role and only saw 95 minutes total last season. With a roster this tight, that seems to be a luxury. The second factor is how Isiah feels about the NBDL. If he’d rather the rookies see action there instead of having front row seats to NBA games, then he might be more likely to play it conservative and stick with Rose & Jeffries.
Personally I would cut Jones, Rose, and James, keep Chandler on the roster, and put Nichols and Jordan in the development league until a few spots open up due to injury. I have a feeling that Isiah may do the same, but I wouldn’t be surprised if James is around as center insurance/team clown and Chandler is in the NBDL (in favor of Rose) until Quentin’s back acts up.