It’s been a busy Spring term down here in South Cackalack (that’s South Carolina for those who do not speak Southern). Other than a few game threads, I haven’t been able to hang with the Knickerbloggeristas as much as I’d like. It’s Spring Break and I’m posting this from the public library, just to give you a taste for how I get down these days. Before diving into these reviews, grading these exams, and working on these papers though, I’m interested to get the pulse of the Knickerblogger community on a few items.
1. The Knicks are fun to watch again. Jeremy Lin has been a big part of that, but not the entire story. I’m curious to see some “community projections” on Lin and various Knicks.
(a) For Lin: What do you predict for his final regular season % share of PG duties with Baron Davis, assuming both stay healthy (e.g., 60-40 Lin), TS%, Assist Rate (or Assists Per Game for the advance metric impaired), Turnover Rate (or TOs Per Game)? (For Owen: if you read this how do you think WOW will assess Lin’s 2011-12 season?)
(b) For Fields: Is he slumping or turning back into a pumpkin? Will he end the season as the starting SG (assuming he is healthy)?
(c) For Novak: What do you predict for his final regular season TS%, 3pt FG%, and Rebound Rate?
(d) For Toney Douglas: Will he ever see meaningful NBA minutes again for any team? (I always liked him, and it sucks that he went from marginally useful to making my eyes bleed.)
(e) All of the above. (Sorry, force of habit.)
2. As you may now be aware, Baron Davis is a believer in this team’s championship potential. (For the record, that was more of a “we can do anything” power of positive thinking statement than a prediction.) But what about you, dear reader? First, what is the ceiling for this year’s Knicks team? Second, assuming the roster stays basically the same, what realistically has to break right for the Knicks to have a title shot? (So, no “magic bullets” like trading Jeffries and Fields for Dwight Howard.)