Knick Previews From Elsewhere
Normally I’m not much for mainstream analysis, but I really like this article. Some tidbits:
Last year was a big turning point in the career of Zach Randolph in terms of slimming down and tapping into his potential, and now he’ll be in the NBA’s largest market with a chance to show the world what he feels they’ve been missing…
David Lee is going to need at least as big, if not a bigger role than he had last year… Thomas has been astoundingly against starting David Lee in the past and may very well continue to ply his services off of the bench, but as of right now he is their best, and most sensible, option at the small forward spot. He is an exceptional rebounder – especially on the offensive end – and he is an obscenely efficient shooter at 60%. Should he not be tabbed to start for the Knicks look for Renaldo Balkman or Quentin Richardson to man the spot, each bringing a very distinct look to the position, be it defense and hustle or shooting and rebounding. No matter what, Thomas has options here and just because someone starts the season here doesn’t mean they’ll end it here…
[Crawford] would be one of the most attractive trade targets if only his contract wasn’t in the $8 million per year range because teams like Orlando and Minnesota could desperately use his backcourt scoring. As it is, he is forced to stick it out another four years in New York blue and orange…
Curry has demonstrated an almost stubborn approach to development and commitment as an NBA player. To watch the Knicks last year was to watch the most reluctant 20 point per game scorer in the NBA operate. Curry looks utterly unconvincing in the role of franchise player, regardless of what his stats would lead you to believe. He was literally force-fed the ball for every minute he was on the court, most big-men’s dream, and he still looked to pass out or over-dribble too much. Combine that with the fact that he is laughably disinterested in rebounding for someone his size, and I don’t even know if he’s even been asked to play defense given how bad he is at it and this guy starts looking more and more unattractive as a centerpiece all the time.
Despite no cap room and a huge payroll, Isiah managed to land an All-Star caliber player (Randolph) without giving up too much. But if the chemistry isn’t right, it could backfire.