Baron Davis can be many things. He can be a comedic actor. He can be an overweight, disinterested point guard. He can be a headache, making you wish a million times he wasn’t on your team……if you’re a small-market team, or lack the right pieces around him.
But when you give him someone who can throw down almost any pass tossed his way…..he can make magic happen. With picture perfect passes, over, and over, and over^10 again.
And when you give him a crowd that won’t let him give anything less than his best, a crowd that energizes him, a crowd that pushes him to his absolute limits…. that’s when something truly incredible can happen.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Davis has officially decided to join the Knicks. Are there risks attached to this signing? Certainly. Davis looks to be out about a month with a back injury. His career TS% is just north of 50%. His highest WS/48 was for the 2006-2007 season at a .139.
But his AST%’s from last year – 39.9% with the Clippers, 45.4% with the Cavaliers – dwarf DWTDD’s 19.5%. And Toney did little to dispel the notions that he’s not a PG during the first preseason action of the year. With Amar’e and Carmelo requiring so many shots, it’s imperative the Knicks have someone who can get them the ball in the right spots. So while I still trust in TD’s ability, and hope that he will improve, this signing is a great gamble by the Knicks. If things go poorly, Baron can sit at the end of the bench on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. But if things go well, and Baron’s ooping to Amar’e, and the Garden is rocking- well, then we might remember this as the moment we grabbed our starting PG for the 2012 playoffs.
Do you believe?