2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 21

I got to the power rankings a day late this week so this will be for 5 games, with two wins including an overtime win against the Spurs.  While watching the Knicks win last night was fun, it makes the back to back against the 76ers and the Twolves two very important games in the tank race.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Shved, Alexey Shved has been getting to the line more than any other Knick, he’s been rebounding, passing, he even hit a bunch of 3’s.  This has been the easiest pick for #1 in months. 2
2 Galloway, Langston A PG who plays defense?!?! Yes please.  He may be coming out of his shooting slump as well, which is nice. 5
3 Bargnani, Andrea Is there a rule that only 1-2 players at a time can shoot well for the Knicks?  As soon as Galloway hits some shots, Bargs starts missing. 1
4 Amundson, Lou Lou might have been lower on the list had I done the rankings before last nights game, but I can’t argue with 17 rebounds. 4
5 Aldrich, Cole He doesn’t do much else but man can Cole rebound. Continue reading

Episode 288: Phil Is Confusing Me

Marc and Jay talk about Phil Jacksons comments about trading the draft pick and Derek Fisher getting ejected more often, the last few games, the draft, tanking, checking in with Derrick Rose, and much more

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 20

Four games and four losses this week, with 3 of them being disgusting blowouts. It all makes sense when you take a look at the Knicks top 5 players this week. These last 20 games are going to really drag, especially if you’re looking forward to arguably the most interesting western conference playoffs we’ve ever seen.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Bargnani, Andrea Bargnani looked great in the two games against the Pacers. Like really good. And he didn’t look good in the Kings and Nuggets game. Reason 415 why I don’t want the Knicks to sign Hibbert, who was held to 3 points and 0-6 shooting. Against Bargs. 1
2 Shved, Alexey I am quickly becoming a Shvedhead. He’s by far the best on this team at drawing fouls, and he can rebound and pass. He even found his shot against the Nuggets. 5
3 Larkin, Shane Larkin had an OK week. He led the team in assists in two of the four games and didn’t turn the ball over too much. 8
4 Amundson, Lou Lou missed a game with back spasms and then played 14 minutes off the bench and managed to get more rebounds than our starting PF that game (Smith 1 board in 21 minutes). 2
5 Galloway, Langston Galloway had 2 decent games but he also managed to get a +/- of -40 against the Kings. How is that even possible? Continue reading

Episode 287: All Over the Place

Marc and Jay talk about the rumor Phil Jackson is seeing what he can get for draft picks, Derrick Rose, steroids, the draft, crazy trades, cheap owners, and more

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 19

Well that was unexpected. Just as I was googling “most losses in a row NBA” the Knicks get their first multiple game (2) winning streak of 2015. I give up trying to figure this team out.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Bargnani, Andrea I never thought in a million years this would happen. The Knicks win a few games and Bargs has been their best player. What in the world is happening? 3
2 Amundson, Lou Dunking, blocking, rebounding, Lou was Mr. Intangibles this week. 6
3 Hardaway Jr., Tim A good shooting week from THJ! It’s been so long since we had a shooting guard that shot well. Please be a turning point and not a fluke. 9
4 Galloway, Langston Galloway is not afraid to take a big shot. He has to be the Knicks feel good story of the year. 1
5 Shved, Alexey Shved can attack the rim, rebound and pass. If he learned to shoot he’d be an absolute keeper. Continue reading

Episode 286: The Opposite of Tanking

Marc and Jay talk about the Knicks win streak, who’s playing well and who isn’t right now, free agents to look at, Rajon Rondo, we check in with Derrick Rose, and more

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 18

Melo shut it down. He wasn’t resting for the all star game. It was a huge cooincidence that he took off the game before and got surgery two days after. Pablo Prigioni was traded and Alexey Shved joins the team. I don’t think we should be asking ‘will the Knicks win another game this season’. We should be asking ‘will the Knicks cover the spread in any game for the rest of the season’.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Galloway, Langston Langston ended his one game good shooting streak against the Cavs but got some rebounds and assists to kinda sorta make up for it. Good enough for the #1 spot. 5
2 Calderon, Jose Seriously, no one on the team can string together two good games in a row. Jose looked good against Miami…on offense at least. Playing well on one end of the court for 1 game in a row is good enough for the #2 spot. 2
3 Bargnani, Andrea Yup, the 3 best players this week were a d-leaguer, a guy who is 33 but plays like he’s 38, and Bargnani. That dunk alone would have gotten Bargs into the top 3. 13
4 Wear, Travis As predicted, Wear benefits from Melo shutting it down and made the most of it. A pretty solid week from Wear. 14
5 Acy, Quincy Is that what I think it is? Yes! A Quincy Acy sighting. There were a whole bunch of random, not very good players that were unchained from the bench after the departure of Amare and Melo. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Amare Stoudemire

Dear Amare,

After witnessing Carmelo have one of the worst All-Star Game performances I have ever seen, in a game he probably shouldn’t have even been playing in, I found out your Knicks tenure was coming to an end after you and Knicks had reached a buyout agreement. Initially, I was ecstatic, after a long 4 and a half years, I figured it was best for both parties to just move on. But later that night, I couldn’t help to feel a little bit depressed; for the rest of my life, I’ll always wonder, what could have been. You had a chance to be on the Mount Rushmore of Knicks big men, but unfortunately I’m not convinced you even crack the top 25 Knicks of all time. You will forever be associated to Allan Houston, another former Knick, who signed a $100 million contract, and failed to live up to expectations.

But unlike in 2001, when we were dumbfounded when Allan Houston signed his $100 million dollar contract, the majority of the Knick fan base (including myself) was openly excited when you signed your deal (even though it was uninsured) in the summer of 2010 and proclaimed, “The Knicks are back.” Unlike Allan Houston, you had that it factor; I watched you go toe to toe with Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward to ever play, on several occasions in the playoffs. The fan base could sense the Knicks were heading in a positive direction. I still believe to this day you would have stayed in Phoenix had they offered you the same deal, but we were just glad to have a superstar, it had been almost a decade since Patrick Ewing was infamously traded to Seattle. We had to endure a long two years of horrendous basketball, waiting for this moment. I’ll admit, you weren’t our first choice; hell you weren’t even the second or third choice for some people. Of course, we all wanted Lebron; others preferred, Chris Bosh, or Joe Johnson.

Although I knew there was diminutive chance we’d get Lebron I was still dejected when Lebron, Wade and Bosh decided to construct a potent trio in Miami, but I still maintained on to the idea that hopefully one day, we could form our own trio. Soon after you signed, to my satisfaction, I remember reading rumors about you, Melo, and Chris Paul, joining forces to form a new potent trio.  I’ll never forget your first season in a Knick uniform; you brought electricity back to the Garden, and was a legitimate MVP candidate. Your two and a half week stretch where you averaged 34 points, and 11 rebs, including nine straight 30-point games, was some of the most superb basketball I’ve ever seen by someone in a Knick uniform. When the Knicks acquired Melo later that year, your effectiveness was affected, but I was still on cloud nine because the Knicks had reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Continue reading

Episode 285 – Later Amare

Marc and Jay talk about the Amare buyout, all star weekend, Melo shutting it down, the Prigioni trade, all the trade deadline moves and almost 100 listener questions

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 17

Only one game last week because of the all star break. The big news is it was Amares last game as a Knick. He went 0-3 with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls, and 3 turnovers. A sad ending for a guy who started out as an MVP candidate just 5 years ago.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Smith, Jason Can’t ignore 25 and 7 on 10-16 shooting. Add in the zero assists and it was a very Melo-esque game. 3
2 Calderon, Jose This may be the last week for Calderon in these rankings. Rumor has it the Knicks are trying to move him. 1
3 Prigioni, Pablo The Knicks are reportedly also considering moving Pablo. It’ll be a sad day in NY if the Knicks move one of their very few likeable players. 13
4 Amundson, Lou This team is so bad a guy who had zero points makes it into the top 5. 4
5 Galloway, Langston OK, Galloway is going to have to stop shooting like crap or I’m jumping off the bandwagon. Continue reading