One on One: Celtics and Nets Trade

One on one will be a new recurring segment of our website (assuming people like it) where Jay and Marc exchange emails for a quick reaction on current NBA happenings.  Our first One on One will be about the Nets and Celtics Blockbuster trade:

Marc:  Do you think there is a chance the nets turn around and trade garnett to the clippers and would stern kill that in a heartbeat?

Jay: Slight chance, but who would the Nets want?  Celts wanted Jordan but the Nets have Lopez.  Either way I think Stern kills any trade that moves Garnett or Pierce to the Clips.  He loves nixing Clippers trades.

If this trade happens does that put the Knicks ceiling at a 5th seed and 1st round loss to the Bulls?

Marc: Someone on fb made a point that the nets would be going all in for next season but then having no draft pick every other year for a while, which is basically the hell the knicks are in. so, if they dont win next season they are in rebuilding hell but kind of worth the gamble. problem really is this nets team would be highly unlikely to be healthy come playoff time.

Jay:  True.  I think this team gets a lot of regular season wins (3rd behind Indiana and Miami) but still doesn’t get past the 2nd round, even if they are healthy.  I think the spacing with Lopez and Garnett might be weird too.

Marc: I feel like the knicks have surprised me the last two off seasons and got me excited. first by acquiring chandler and then by acquiring a bunch of old dudes i for some reason got excited about. so, going into next season, any chance in hell we are excited? it seems to me that we go into next season with a worse roster and just need to pray?

Jay:  Can’t say either way yet, but as of now we lost Kidd and might lose JR, Copeland, and Priggy.  At some point these minimum salary guys aren’t going to pan out and then we’ll be screwed.  So yeah not too excited at this point.  And who to we pray to?  Miami won again proving there are no basketball gods.

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Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

We got two today, the first one is from Raymond Felton, commenting on Jason Kidd’s coaching status:

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And the second is from none other than JR Smith.  He either means he’s not drinking alcohol or he’s trying a diet that isn’t really a diet but more of a way to become malnourished.

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Knicks Draft Prospects 2013

A big thank you to Will Villanueva for putting together this writeup
Knicks Draft 2013
3 Guys the Knicks should consider drafting
 The New York Knicks currently hold the 24th pick in the upcoming 2013 NBA draft. There are many rumors leading up to the draft as it pertains to what any number of teams plans might be for their respective pick. I’m here to tell you who your New York Knickerbockers should take with their only draft pick. Will weigh the pros and cons of each of the following 3 prospects and what their strengths and weaknesses are as well. Without further ado:
 
 
1. Gorgui Dieng PF/C Louisville 6’11” 235 Lbs.
 
Why you take him:
If he’s there, you take him, no questions asked. The biggest issue is if he lasts until pick 24 in a weak draft. It’s possible, not probable. There are 4 teams ahead of the Knicks who will look to take Dieng if he is there : Boston (16th), Atlanta (17th & 18th), Cleveland (19th) & Brooklyn (22nd). He has good size at 6’11” and a wingspan of 7’4”. He’s already a highly intelligent defensive player and he’s more quicker and agile on the back line than Chandler, Martin and Camby. He’s obviously a more capable defender than Amar’e so from a depth chart standpoint he fits playing behind STAT and Chandler and possibly along side Camby making for an extremely capable defensive front court. Outstanding help defender at the College level, should translate well. He’s got a good mid range touch from the baseline and from 10 to 15 feet from the basket. Decent passer for a big, will find cutters from the high and low post. Will be a solid rotation player for years to come, even from the start of his NBA career.
 
Why you don’t take him:
He’s currently older than I am, he’s 23 years old so the whole upside thing isn’t there. Lacks any true post skills so he’ll fit right in with the current front court. Not great in transition, much more of a threat in half court through Pick N Roll or Pick N Pop situations. Will never be a go-to scorer by any means, wasn’t able to average double digits in scoring as a senior. Good rebounder, potential to be better, relies on his athleticism and length. Needs to catch the ball better, plain and simple, not bad hands but could be better.  Shot 66% around the rim but only 42% right outside the restricted area. Not that strong despite his size. He can be bullied by more bruising center types, luckily aren’t a lot of those types around. Continue reading