Where to Begin

This about sums up the season so far.

Written by Nicholas McGowan

Where to Begin
Let me tell me explain to you as to why I am so happy about the Knicks season so far. Now I certainly wasn’t imagining the Knicks being this bad, but hey, if they up with a top 3 pick in next year’s draft its certainly seems like the Knicks will end up with a stud. I don’t know how many of our readers and listeners follow college basketball but if you want to see some talent then look no further than Jahlil Okafor of Duke or Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. of Kentucky. And we can’t forget about the other consensus top 3 pick Emmanuel Mudiay. While Mudiay originally committed to play basketball at SMU, he could not qualify academically so he headed overseas to China to play for the Guangdong Southern Dragons. No matter the case he is still top 3 prospect and Knicks could certainly use a point guard.
Taking a look at each of them separately:

Jahlil Okafor, a 6-11, 270 pound center is my favorite prospect this year. He shows great maturity and has real sense for how the game is played. His lack of free throw shooting is his only real flaw and he certainly looks as though he can contribute immediately.
Points per game: 17.4
Rebounds per game: 8.9
Assists per game: 1.6
Field Goal %: 65
Free throw percentage: 51.1
Blocks: 1.5
Steals: .9

Karl-Anthony Towns is a 6-11, 250 pound shot blocking machine. While he does demonstrate that he has potential on the offensive end of the floor, he is much more of a defensive presence. It hurts that Towns only gets to play around 20 minutes a night because of the platoon system they use at Kentucky but Towns has still made quite the impression.
Points per game: 8.1
Rebounds per game: 6.6
Assists per game: 1.2
Field Goal %: 52.9
Free throw percentage: 73.3
Blocks: 2.6
Steals: .4

Now I don’t get to watch Emmanuel Mudiay as much as I would like but from what every draft analyst is saying he seems to be the real deal. He is injured as of now with an ankle injury but he posted some impressive numbers in the ten games he has played thus far.

Points per game: 17.7
Rebounds per game: 6
Assists per game: 5.9
Field Goal %: 49.7
Free throw percentage: 58.1
Steals: 1.6
3 Point %: 30

Anyway back to the Knicks this season… Continue reading

Knicks vs Heatles Game 1 – Game Thread

Chandler might not play today.  Good thing the Heatles don’t have a center either.  Predictions?  Do we steal one on the road today?  Does LeBron fade in the 4th, does Bosh cry, does Shump shut Wade down?

Episode 82: Screwed

The first two weeks of the NBA season have been cancelled and maybe more.  We talk about the lockout and list all of the people who are getting screwed.  We do some role play and play the parts of Billy Hunter and David Stern.  We complain about the Knicks never having a real center.  We talk about NBA 2K12.  Enjoy.  Download Episode 82

Knicks Interested in Kurt Thomas

It has been reported that the Knicks are interested in Kurt Thomas

Ironically he would be our first real center since….Kurt Thomas!  I say why not?  He can still play decent defense and he can still shoot the midrange jumper..  I’d feel better about Kurt at the 5 than I would having Amar’e bang in the paint on his shaky knees all season.  He’d be a relatively cheap option as well.

Sorry Earl Barron, We don’t need any stinkin’ 7ft Centers

Center Earl Barron became a free agent when he was not re-signed by Milwaukee yesterday, but Walsh said he would pass for now despite the Knicks’ center woes. According to a source, Walsh likes Barron, but doesn’t want to sign him because D’Antoni won’t play him over Jared Jeffries or Ronny Turiaf.

Great, why would we possibly need a guy who can help clog the middle? This also sounds like the reason Walsh won’t re-up with this team, he is clearly not on the same page as D’Antoni about how to improve this roster.

Episode 25: Congrats Landry

We give our comments on the Knicks game against the Pacers.  Gallo is out for a while.  What does that mean for the Knicks?  We go into our mailbag for a trade idea.  The brutal schedule the Knicks have to play in January.  D’antoni hates centers.  Landry Fields gets rookie of the month again.   Download Episode 25

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Episode 24: Tyreke, The Hornets, Spurs and Yao Bynum

Marc finally admits that New Orleans isn’t that good.  Tyreke Evans gets motivated by our rant about him last episode.  Not really, but nice game.  Another Center destroys the Knicks.  Trade rumors.  The Knicks defensive problems.  San Antonio is still on fire even though Tim Duncan is not.  Yao Bynum.   Download Episode 24

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Episode 19: Points and Snacks

Centers love playing the Knicks, but the streak continues.  Should Eddy Curry get back on the court?  We debate whether Melo wants to get traded now or come to NY in the offseason.  Too many fouls in the NBA.  PotStats.  2 heated minutes.  Changing team names.  Download Episode 19

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