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Monday, December 22, 2014

2009 Report Card: Chris Wilcox

The Knicks acquired Chris Wilcox in February in exchange for a barely used Malik Rose. It seemed that Wilcox was going to play center and push the undersized David Lee back to power forward, but instead Wilcox spelled Lee at center. Looking at his most frequent 5-man units from 82games, Lee doesn’t appear in any of them.

Watching Wilcox play, gave me a new appreciation of Lee. Both players have a similar style, but Wilcox lags behind in multiple areas. He was less efficient when it comes to inside scoring, and he was less able to stretch the offense. According to 82games, 80% of his attempts were inside. If the knock on Lee is his desire to stay near the hoop, then Wilcox must be tethered to it. And despite playing with the same support cast, David out rebounds Chris by a far margin. Wilcox’s one saving grace is his adequate block rate.

Name Jump eFG Inside eFG Inside % reb/36 to/36 ast/36 blk/36
Wilcox 35.0 57.3 80% 8.9 2.2 1.5 0.9
Lee 35.2 64.1 68% 12.1 1.9 2.2 0.3

Even though New York is still short on big men, they decided not to keep Wilcox for 2010. Newly acquired Darko Milicic and Eddy Curry are likely to take any minutes that would have gone to Wilcox. I guess the Knicks have filled their quota of lottery center busts.

Report Card (5 point scale):
Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Teamwork: 2
Rootability: 1
Performance/Expectations: 2

Grade: D F I was going to give Wilcox a D, until I remembered this. If I recall correctly, he did this more than once as a Knick.

Similarity Scores:

z-Sum FLName Year Tm PER TS% eFG% PTS ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV
.000 Chris Wilcox 2009 TOT 13.2 .517 .496 15.3 3.3 9.5 1.6 0.9 0.5 2.6
.024 Pat Cummings 1983 DAL 14.6 .526 .493 15.8 3.5 10.4 2.2 0.9 0.5 2.5
.032 Rick Robey 1982 BOS 11.0 .511 .493 13.8 3.5 9.0 2.1 0.8 0.4 2.8
.033 Marc Jackson 2001 GSW 16.1 .534 .471 16.2 3.0 9.2 1.5 0.9 0.7 2.4
.045 Mike Jackson 1976 VIR 13.2 .549 .499 15.8 3.4 9.8 1.8 0.7 0.5 3.1
.046 Jason Caffey 2000 GSW 12.4 .515 .479 14.2 3.2 8.0 2.0 1.0 0.3 2.8
.054 Kenny Carr 1982 TOT 14.7 .543 .504 16.7 3.1 9.9 1.6 1.2 0.4 2.8
.061 Kenny Thomas 2004 PHI 15.9 .527 .469 13.4 3.5 10.0 1.5 1.1 0.4 2.3
.071 Armen Gilliam 1991 TOT 15.5 .542 .487 16.9 3.0 8.1 1.4 0.9 0.7 2.4
.073 Dwight Jones 1979 HOU 10.9 .505 .458 13.6 3.3 9.7 1.7 1.0 0.8 3.0

9 comments on “2009 Report Card: Chris Wilcox

  1. Z-man

    The fact that his most similar player is Pat Cummings says it all. One of the worst Knick busts ever, acquired via an Isiah-like trade by, I believe, Al Bianchi. Surprised Jawan Oldham’s name didn’t pop up (another bust big man that we acquired in exchange for a first round pick.)

  2. Thomas B.

    Wilcox. Meh. I agree, he should be compared to Rose rather than Lee. He was better to see than Rose.

    The problem with a grade of F is that there are degrees of F. There is the 62% correct almost passed F, then the 8% did you even spell your name correctly F. Which one was Chris?

  3. Rashidi

    The 62% F. Rose was the 8% variety.

    In any event, they won’t miss him, and Joe Dumars is quickly becoming one of the league’s most overrated GMs.

    Wilcox’s deal reminds me of Kwame Brown’s a year ago. Paying for the name rather than the game.

  4. Ted Nelson

    “Joe Dumars is quickly becoming one of the league’s most overrated GMs.”

    This may prove to be true, but I would wait to see how his offseason moves turn out first. Detroit’s still a talented team and probably a playoff team in the East, although probably not a contender.
    The biggest criticism I have of Joe Dumars at this point is probably that he hasn’t traded Rip Hamilton yet. I don’t know what the market for him is, but Ben Gordon is basically a younger Hamilton and I think he would be more valuable taking Hamilton’s role than playing alongside him. I guess Hamilton is the team leader, but after sulking on the bench and feuding with the coach last season I’m not sure he’s any better a “team leader” for Detroit than Q was for the Knicks.
    Dumars might have overpaid Gordon, but there’s no doubt the guy can score. Charlie Villanueva can play, but I think Dumars has to be expecting some growth.

    “Wilcox’s deal reminds me of Kwame Brown’s a year ago. Paying for the name rather than the game.”

    Had he given either guy significant money I would agree, but when you’re paying a solid NBA bigman chump change ($4 mill for Kwame this season, 3 mill for Wilcox) on a two year deal it’s very hard to say you’re paying for the name. If he’d given them more money and/or more years I might agree.

    “And Darko > Wilcox by far”

    Based on what???????????? Wilcox is a far better scorer, and their rebound, assist, and TO #s are almost identical. The only edge Darko has is as a shot blocker, something you might expect from a C vs. a PF.
    I’m not upset to have Darko over Wilcox since the Knicks need help at the 5 and a shot blocker plus there’s the small chance Darko figures out how to put the ball in the hole under D’Antoni, but to date Wilcox has been a better NBA player.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/fc/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&=m&p1=milicda01&y1=2009&=w&p2=wilcoch01&y2=2009&=&=

  5. Ricky_J

    As a Knick fan who went to Maryland in the late 90s, let me say the Francis and Wilcox stints have been doubly painful to watch. But out of some semblance of loyalty, let me be the first to quibble that Wilcox was a D minus rather than an F+.

    (I’m also hoping to rekindle the heated debate we saw over JJ’s grade).

  6. Rashidi

    “The biggest criticism I have of Joe Dumars at this point is probably that he hasn’t traded Rip Hamilton yet.”

    The thing with Detroit is they appear to be a team without direction.

    This was evident when Billups was traded two games into the season, rather than during the offseason where they could have had training camp and the whole preseason to get acclimated to Allen Iverson. Instead they ran camp with the same ol’ system and then replaced Billups with a player who wouldn’t be able to do the same things.

    It’s not about whether or not Billups for Iverson was smart cap-wise. Detroit automatically lost when they shocked everyone and did it two games into the year. There’s a reason there’s 4-6 months between seasons.

    Detroit basically decided that change for the sake of change was better than riding out a team that would at least make conference finals every year. They are trying to rebuild on the fly which, as we’ve seen first hand in NY, it doesn’t really work that way.

    The team has one all-star (Hamilton) signed him to an extension, and then signed an inferior player (Gordon) at the same position to a long-term deal only six months later. This does not exactly scream “Master Plan”.

    If anything, this is Isiah Thomas logic, just acquiring flawed pieces that don’t fit.

    “Had he given either guy significant money I would agree, but when you’re paying a solid NBA bigman chump change ($4 mill for Kwame this season, 3 mill for Wilcox) on a two year deal it’s very hard to say you’re paying for the name.”

    Okay, but this is an offseason where Allen Iverson can’t even get 2 million dollars out of a team. Ramon Sessions is looking at 3-4 million and there’s no doubt who you’d rather have at that price. Dumars basically bid against himself here, for a player he didn’t particularly need, not when James Singleton is still unsigned and looking at a veteran’s minimum deal.

    “And Darko > Wilcox by far”

    “The only edge Darko has is as a shot blocker, something you might expect from a C vs. a PF.”

    But that’s the thing though, Darko is actually a center, which are tough to come by. Players like Wilcox are a dime a dozen. He could have just as easily been playing in Europe with Linas Kleiza and Von Wafer had Detroit not thrown him a bone. He’s not getting any better and his game is based on his athleticism which doesn’t exactly bode well for his future.

    I’m not upset to have Darko over Wilcox since the Knicks need help at the 5 and a shot blocker plus there’s the small chance Darko figures out how to put the ball in the hole under D’Antoni, but to date Wilcox has been a better NBA player.

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