An Early Assessment of the NY Knicks
Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 8, 2014
It’s a new season and this Knicks fan has a realistic assessment of the team. So far, there’s not a lot to be excited about and, as far as “the triangle” offense… well, we’ll see.
Who are the Knicks?
- Carmelo Anthony – Great scorer. Future Hall-of-Famer. Not a particularly good team player. Does not make the players around him better ala Lebron James. The Knicks need 25+ points from him every night with him shooting 45% and higher. The other team needs to drawn to him on defense so other Knicks have a little bit of an easier time on offense.
- Iman Shumpert – Good defensive player. Good athlete. Weak offensively. He’s hit a few 3 pointers early this year which may be a problem. If he starts thinking he’s a shooter, that will be a problem for the team. The best thing he can do is (a) play tough defense and (b) on offense, drive hard to the basket. (That’s like when Charles Oakley was on the Knicks. If he hit his first ‘J’, he would think he was a scorer and take way too many shots.)
- Jose Calderon – He’s so important to the team. If he can distribute the ball and be opportunistic with his scoring, he will be incredibly valuable to the team. If he can produce, 10 points and 5 assists with minimal turnovers, that would be great.
- J.R. Smith – If he can give the Knicks a shot of “instant offense”, and minimize his “stupidity”, he can be an important contributor. It’s hard to count on someone who is so erratic with his play and behavior.
- Amar’e Stoudamire – Needs to stay healthy. If the Knicks can get 15-20 minute from him, it would be great for their offense. He is a liability on the defensive side of the court. The Knicks, in general, are not a great defensive team.
- Jason Smith – The find! He’s been the best new addition to the team. Has been a solid contributor and proven he can hit a jumper. He should get more time on the court. On offense, the Knicks can have him draw the other team’s big man away from the basket, which should open the lane for everyone else.
- Shane Larkin – He can be a good backup PG. He’s quick, pesky, and has quick hands. He can be counted on for a steal or two per game. I really like him in a backup, situational role where he is not counted on for offense. He brings energy to the court.
- Quincy Acy – Reminds me of the old-time Knicks. He can get in there play some ‘D’ and grab some boards.
- Andrea Bargnani – I don’t know what to think about Bargnani. He can put it in the hoop but I don’t believe, if the Knicks turn out being a good team, he should be on the floor for more than 10 minutes. What’s his role? Bring him in to energize the team when they are “flat”?
We have yet to really see the 2014-2015 NY Knicks. We need to reserve judgement until Calderon gets back, and they have a real, experienced PG on the floor.
I’m a little scared that if they do not improve within 5-10 games of Calderon’s return, this may be a horribly painful year for the Knicks.