Knicks Morning News (2015.07.26) Post author By KnickerBlogger Post date July 26, 2015 28 Comments on Knicks Morning News (2015.07.26) [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: West Wins W.N.B.A. All-Star Game (Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:40:33 GMT) Maya Moore scored a record 30 points to lead the West to a 117-112 victory over the East in the W.N.B.A. All-Star Game. ← Knicks Morning News (2015.07.25) → Knicks Morning News (2015.07.27) 28 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.07.26)” Can Maya Moore play PG for us? I know they would never trade with us, but..Phil couldn’t get in on the Napier trade?? Wow. I can’t believe they traded him! To Orlando nonetheless!! When Payton and Napier grow into the position, that’s gonna be a helluva 1- punch at the 1. Add in Olapido and all of a sudden you have the makings of a really good Guard rotation. Apparently Miami is looking to escape the luxury tax. So they basically traded him for nothing. It’s a shame for Miami fans. Apparently Miami is looking to escape the luxury tax. So they basically traded him for nothing. It’s a shame for Miami fans. …..but then you realise what a charmed life the Heat fans and Pat Riley have lead, and you end up feeling very little for the Heat fans. It seemed pretty clear that SOME point had to be dealt on that Miami squad, but I thought it’d be Chalmers. Phil couldn’t get in on the Napier trade?? Wow. I can’t believe they traded him! Wait, Napier is good? I thought he was back and forth between the D-league all year. And his 50 games worth of nba stats are pretty weak. And he’s not very young. Is he projected to be more than your typical 6′ journeyman backup? I mean he was pretty terrible in the NBA but his college stats were pretty solid so it’s definitely worth a 2nd round pick or something just on the off chance he develops into a legit NBA player Napier had a low assist/turnover ratio in college, and that has followed him to the pros. He’s not really a great pure PG, and at 6’1″ he’s smallish. I doubt Napier is going to develop into anything special. He’s a backup PG in the NBA and not a particularly good one. It seemed pretty clear that SOME point had to be dealt on that Miami squad, but I thought it’d be Chalmers. Same. He’s been the whipping boy in Miami most of his career, but there must be a bit more love internally for him. Still may move him though. Not sure what his contract is worth, but I don’t think it would be hard to find takers for him. Didn’t Lebron kind draft him before leaving Miami? That’s some Knicks level mess. But it’s the Heat, so who cares? I’m a fan of Napier. He had a great run when Kevin Ollie and UCONN won the chip. But I admit, he’s kinda like a Kemba Walker lite. Or a Kemba Walker wannabe. I’m not sure if he’ll be a standout PG, but he will at least be a more than capable backup PG. For a rookie on last year’s Miami squad, he put up nice A/TO numbers. He should learn and master NBA level defense as best he can. He’s not as quick or as athletic as Walker, so offense probably isn’t gonna be the thing that keeps him in the league at that size. Kings working hard to distance themselves from the competition in the race to be most incompetent franchise. Sign Dean Oliver, Phil! Shabazz Napier, to me, is Chris Paul lite. He plays above the rim and can do just about any and everything you need out of your point guard. His .510 TS% wasn’t too bad for a rookie and if you watch his play, you can tell he knows what he’s doing out there. I think Napier can be a very good point guard in this league, but it remains to be seen if he’ll actually put it all together. Re: the Kings; they’re about to be the worst team in the NBA for as long as Divac is in control. Divac told people he HATES using analytics when evaluating players. Wow. They claim that they are going to sign a new analytics guy, they just want one that Divac chose himself. But yeah, I find that difficult to believe, as well, as he seems to be anti-analytics. I think this is a blow to get back at Karl Interesting. That actually does make some sense. What a shitshow that organization is. I saw that they signed Peja, too, for the front office. Hopefully it is sort of an honorary post. Here’s Henry David Thorpe on the Zinger: Porzingis showed a smooth offensive skill set that just needs nurturing, but it was his defensive playmaking that has people excited in New York. He did an excellent job denying his man the ball from important spots on the floor. Then he allowed the passer to think his man was open, inviting a pass so Porzingis could jump into the passing lane when the ball was delivered. The 7-footer also displayed excellent agility in his half-court pick-and-roll defense, showing hard on ball handlers before swiftly moving back to his own man and getting squared up on him if he was a driver. Sounds good! Is Henry Thorpe the Voltron son of Henry Abbott and David Thorpe? Ha! Oops, fixed that. And so the myth of the never sleeping Cronin goes on and on. Seriously though, David Thorpe’s insight is pretty much always spot on, so add that to the many positive things being said (and seen) about the Zinger. I honestly can’t wait to see him play in the League, I have a growing feeling he’s going to belong from day 1, even if he’ll start showing his real potential only in 2016/17. It really was one hell of a draft. Look at the Pistons, they drafted 8th and they ended up with a hell of a player in Johnson. Hell, Thorpe was very complimentary of Kaminsky even. Just one of the great drafts of the past decade or so. Although, of course, it doesn’t look like any of these guys will be quite as good as, say, an Anthony Davis or a Kevin Durant, but still, it’s a hell of a draft. I’d still have preferred the Knicks get one of the top three picks, but Zinger looks to be one heck of a consolation prize! Heck, so would Mudiay if they had gone that route. This was such a good draft that any one of those guys would have been good consolation prizes (WCS, Mudiay, Zinger, Winslow). I think Zinger has the biggest upside of the bunch, though, so I was glad that they just went for the home run there. This team had so many needs, the home run pick made a lot of sense. What did Thorpe say about Turner? I think it would be cool if the big men all turn into stars and super stars. It would be cool to have a revitalization of the big man. Also, who knows what kind of player Thon Maker will be in 2017. I forgot that Turner and Winslow went #10 and #11! Turner looks great and he was the 11th pick! What a draft! Thorpe was complimentary of Turner, noting “Turner played in only three games, but that was more than enough for anyone to recognize that the Pacers have their future big man in Turner.” “I’d still have preferred the Knicks get one of the top three picks, but Zinger looks to be one heck of a consolation prize!” I think it’s fair to say that if the draft were held again today with the hindsight of summer league (even accounting for the folly of putting too much into SL performance) the order would be quite different. I think Zinger definitely goes #2, so “consolation prize” is maybe hedging a bit. If i were a Lakers or Sixers fan, I’d be more concerned that I missed out on Zinger, and as a Knicks fan, I’m giddy that we have Zinger instead of either of those two. Analysis like Thorpe’s is certainly adding justification to these feelings. Obviously, we won’t know for sure for 3-4 years (not even considering injury, of course) but factoring in the worst fears, Zinger clearly dispelled nearly all of his (he obviously wasn’t going to show that he wasn’t skinny!), while Russell and Okafor did not. I think Turner moves into the top 10, probably replacing Kaminsky. Hezonja might drop a couple of spots. Harrell and Portis probably make big jumps. Hollis-Jefferson might move up. Rozier??? Still can’t figure that one out. But yeah, what I love about this draft is that it is very deep in good, if not great rotation players, and that’s really good for the league. Uhm, still too early, but I guess Z-Man is right. As of now, Zinger looks like the 2nd most promising rookie to be. Based on SL performances, there is no way the Lakers still take Russell 2nd. He was a turnover waiting to happen in every game I watched. As I’ve seen posted a few times, Kobe will certainly address this issue with the rook. I would still take him before Mudiay! I’m really looking forward to seeing the who starts for the Knicks this year and how the team is perfoming by mid-season. I’m hoping for about 40 wins from this squad! Comments are closed.