2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 21

Only two games this week.  The Knicks winning streak continues, but their streak of playing terrible teams comes to an end on Wednesday when the play the Pacers.  We’ll talk playoff possibilities next week, for now lets enjoy a 6 game winning streak and the acquisition of Phil Jackson.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo played 39 minutes in a blowout game to a terrible team.  You’d think with 17 other PF’s on the team Woodson would be able to rest Melo once in a while.  Anyway, another typical week from Melo, lots of points and a good amount of rebounds.  2
2 Hardaway Jr., Tim I’ve been saying that THJ would have to go off on offense to compensate for his lack of defense and that’s just what he did.  Two straight 20+ point games on some crazy good shooting nights.  If this were NBA Jam he’d have a trail of fire following the ball every time he shoots. 10
3 Smith, J.R. Who is this Smith guy who takes a normal amount of shots and hits a decent amount of them?  Who is this guy who passes the ball more than the starting PG?  And will it continue when the weather gets warmer and the club scene picks up? 4
4 Aldrich, Cole With Chandler and Amare out Aldrich got the starting nod against Boston and responded with a double double and three blocks.  He was rewarded the next game with a handful of garbage time minutes because Woodson. 13
5 Stoudemire, Amar’e Amare played only one of the two games this week but continued his streak of being phenomenal on offense. 1 Continue reading

Knicks @ Pelicans – 1-19-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Wednesday night was February 19, 2014 eve of the NBA trade deadline.

The good news the New York Knicks won against the New Orleans Pelicans 98-91 behind a 42 point night from Carmelo Anthony. The bad news…Iman Shumpert, arguably the only tradable asset the Knicks have, and is willing to part with, reinjured his surgically repaired left knee. Shumpert needed the assistance of his teammates to help him off the floor, suffering a sprain left knee when he was making a move towards the rim.

Carmelo Anthony dominated the fourth quarter, something that has been an infrequent event this season. Anthony scored 13 straight points for the Knicks in the final period, isolating himself on almost all possessions, getting by his defender with his first step, and pulling up for a mid-range jumper. No matter who the Pelicans threw at Anthony as the defender, no one was able to consistently stop him. Anthony even got his shot off against the outstretched arms of Anthony Davis. Though at times Davis did get the best of Anthony, getting a block and a steal on Anthony when they were isolated one on one. Anthony Davis would finish the game with 14 points 10 rebounds 5 blocks and 2 steals, safe to say there will be many more All Star game appearances by this man.

Though the Knicks would not have won, if not for the performances of J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr., whom were the only other Knicks in double figure scoring. The rest of the starters combined for only 17 points, so their scoring off the both was paramount to New York picking up a win. Tim Hardaway Jr. almost single handed matched that with 16 points off the bench. J.R. Smith in particular was making everything he threw up, including a wild and one circus shot in the first half. Smith did most of his damage in the second quarter, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the period.

New York had as big much as a 13 point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks would go scoreless in a four minutes stretch, where they watched New Orleans go on an 11-0 run to get within one possession 83-81. The Pelicans would get no closer as Carmelo Anthony closed out the game for the Knicks.

Something curious to note is that Eric Gordon, who was just dominate through three quarters, literally doing anything he wanted against the Knicks pathetic defense, was held out of the fourth quarter until the four minute mark. How dominate was he? Through three quarters he scored 28 points, which included hitting three three-pointers, and got to the line, attempting eight free throws. By the time he came back into the game, he had cooled off, and was scoreless in the fourth. No one can tell me otherwise that New Orleans, who are 23-30 after the loss to New York, were not intentionally tanking, when you have hottest hand sitting on the bench for most of the fourth quarter. Gordon was so cold, he air balled the potential go ahead three with two minutes remaining in the game.

Knicks vs Celtics – 1-28-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

After finally earning a win in matinée games Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, New York looked to avenge a 114-73 matinée loss to the Boston Celtics from early December. With the Knicks down 0-2 in the season series so far, New York jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back, winning 114-88.

Reverse layup, slam dunk, Iman Shumpert got to the rim early, New York got into the paint easily, getting layups, dunks, just about whatever they wanted. Tyson Chandler put back, Pablo Prigioni reverse layup, Chandler alley opp, these are all the scores of the first few possessions that began the game. You get the picture, the Celtics could not defend the Knicks, and when they finally stopped the bleeding from the inside, New York would drop a three on them for good measure. New York finished the first quarter with 14 points in the paint, along with four threes to help double up on Boston 31-15 when it was all said and done in the period.

The closest the Celtics ever got back into the game, was within fourteen points, when they went on an 11-0 mid-way through the second quarter. With the score 45-31, Tim Hardaway Jr. would knock down two timely threes, and Boston never threatened again. Hardaway Jr would finish the game with 16 points off the bench. The bench contributed greatly to Tuesday night’s victory with 63 bench points. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith contributed 17 points and 5 assist off the bench as well. Jeremy Tyler recorded 17 points as well, a majority of the time during garbage minutes, when the game was already out of hand, but nonetheless, a positive. Continue reading

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 11

Shocking week as the Knicks take 2 out of 3 in Texas and should have won the Houston game (more on that below).  We also got to see Shumpert come out of his season long slump with 3 straight huge games:
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Shumpert, Iman The largest rise in the power rankings ever is much deserved.  Not sure if this weekend was a fluke or the first two months of the season was an abberation but damn 2014 has been good to Iman so far.  In the course of the weekend Iman hit 22-32 overall, 13-16 from the 3 point line, 16 boards and 7 steals.  These are numbers JR couldn’t get to even in the wettest of dreams.  Iman also hit 2 very clutch shots against Dallas which put a stop to their run and may have saved the game. 14
2 Murry, Toure’ Murry might be the Knicks best PG right now.  Good thing Woodson won’t play him more than 15 minutes a game, all that defense and lack of turnovers might be contagious, keep that man quarantined! 1
3 Anthony, Carmelo Melo had 2 great games and started off the Dallas game on fire with 15 points in the first quarter.  He then decided to play hero ball, turning the ball over or missing a terrible shot on just about every posession he was involved in in the end of the 3rd and 1st half of the 4th quarter, letting Dallas get right back into the game.  This game was the perfect example of why people love and at the same time hate Melo. 5
4 Udrih, Beno I feel like Beno is always passing to the other team, but looking at the box score I see that he had 22 assists and only 5 turnovers during the Texas trip.  He also made up for the 5 turnovers with 5 steals.  What’s most impressive is that none of the trio of Parker, Lin and Ellis scored more than 14 points, so I’d say that’s a solid week for our 3rd string turned starting PG.  And I’m not dinging him for that foul in Houston, 1 because he was hustling for the ball and 2 because the shot he was trying to rebound shouldn’t have been taken in the first place. 3
5 Chandler, Tyson Tyson still doesn’t look himself and then he missed all but the first four minutes of the Dallas game with a respiratory infection.  Is there any player in the league that gets sick as often as Tyson?  I feel like he has the flu or a cold or some infection every couple of weeks.  Anyway, Chandler was big in the Houston game and even took a few outside shots and hit one! Continue reading

Knicks @ Spurs – 1-2-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
Carmelo Anthony made his return from his sprained ankle, just in time for the dreaded Texas Triangle road trip. The Knicks start the trip off by heading to San Antonio to face the Spurs Thursday night. It is a brand New Year, and New York could not wait to leave 2013 behind them, the Knicks are 9-15, being bottom dwellers in the Atlantic Division. The only thing they can hang their hat on is the fact that the Atlantic Division is so terrible, that the Knicks are still in arm’s length reach of the Division title. We can only hope the New York Knicks has made a New Year’s resolution to go at least .500 the rest of the season.
What a difference a turn in the calendar makes, Iman Shumpert came out of his season long slump, scoring double figures in the first quarter alone, on his way to a career high 27 points. The New Year was so good to Shumpert, with 5:57 in the first quarter, he felt a foul and just threw up a shot off balance, and completed an and-one, to put the Knicks up 15-10. Marco Belinelli did not want to be outdone by Shumpert, Belinelli also scored ten points in the first quarter. Belinelli would also be on his way to a career night, scoring 32 points for the game. The Spurs were lights out from beyond the arc, going 5/7 in the first quarter.
With the Knicks ahead 26-25, the Spurs’ reserve opened up the second quarter on a 13-3 run, continuing to relentlessly rain down threes. This was the story all night long, New York did not contest well on the perimeter. Andrea Bargnani started asserting himself mid-way through the second quarter, scoring six straight points to ignite an 18-6 run to end the first half. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert would also contribute six points each to the run as well, to give the Knicks a 52-47 lead at the half. San Antonio was right in the game, and started missing wide open threes, not making New York pay for their defensive lapses. This trend would continue in the second half for the Spurs. Continue reading

Shump Change

Written by: Brian Body (@BrianChuckteezy)

As the great prophet and philosopher Jay-Z once said, “it was all good just 5
months ago!” Back in July, all Knicks fans, including myself, were looking forward to
the day that Iman Shumpert 21 jersey was up in the rafters next to Ewing, Walt
Clyde, Earl the Pearl, Willis, Barnett, McGuire, the Senator, and Melo Anthony (of
course.)

Ok, maybe that was a little bit of an exaggeration. But still. Shump was a
glimmer of hope on a team full of geezers that had just vastly underachieved after
losing to the Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. The swagger, the flat top,
the tweets after every win that the opposing team had just been “taped,” the
backpack, that crazy sick putback dunk against the Pacers, the lockdown defense,
and the clothes! Knicks fans loved this guy. And it was hard not to. He was the
second coming of Walt Clyde Frazier, and he and Melo were supposed to keep the
Knicks contenders for the foreseeable future.

And then on July 7 everything changed. Stephen A. Smith had just Continue reading

Knicks vs Bulls – 12-11-13 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Wednesday matchup between the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks featured two injury -ridden teams. There would be no game winning floaters from Derrick Rose, as he has since underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, since their opening week matchup. The Bulls were also without starters Luol Deng, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury, and Jimmy Butler, out with an injury to his turf toe. The Knicks are still without center Tyson Chandler (fractured leg), and were also without starting point guard Raymond Felton, who pulled his hamstring in the last game.

It was a defensive struggle in the first quarter, with the Bulls leading 17-15 after one period. The Knicks got out to an early lead going on a 9-0 after the Bulls scored the first basket. Carmelo Anthony had four points and an assist leading to an Andrea Bargnani layup during the run. The Bulls though would answer, with a 7-0 run to tie the game up at 9-9. Mike Dunleavy was responsible for all the points in the run, scoring five points and handing an assist to Carlos Boozer for a layup. Both teams would exchange baskets the rest of the way, as the Bulls locked down the Knicks on defense, forcing New York to shot 26.1% from the field. The Knicks also played good defense, getting into the passing lanes, getting seven steals, and causing the Bulls to have eight turnovers in the first quarter. Continue reading

What is Shumperts Real Trade Value?

Written by Anish Philip @dak0mish

Knicks fans overrate many of their players, especially those they draft. It’s typical of any hardcore fan of any team, but it seems amplified by the Knicks fan insatiable desire for a contender. Gallo was the next Bird depending who you spoke to. A solid player, but he won’t be starring in McDonalds commercials at any point.

The affliction occurred again with Iman Shumpert. Walsh’s final stamp on a franchise he pulled from fan hell like Dante, was selecting Shumpert with the 17th pick in the 2011 draft. Relatively unknown till the draft, the word potential was attached to his game. He couldn’t shoot, but he had NBA ready defense, great athleticism, and had above average handle for a two guard. With two non defenders in Anthony and Stoudemire, the pick was made. Continue reading

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 4

This weeks ranking were very hard to put together because I didn’t want an 11 way tie for last place.  Some players are too high, but sitting on the bench doing nothing at least doesn’t kill the team as much as the play of other players has.
       
Rank Player              Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Have to bump Melo up to #1 after his 45 point game.  He’s still been very inconsistent shooting, but with the entire rest of the team other than Bargnani playing like crap Melo has to be in the top spot this week. 2
2 Bargnani, Andrea I can’t believe Bargs is up this high after we tore him apart for the first 4 games.  He’s been great on offense for 5 straight games and has even rebounded well in 3 of them.  This is as good as it gets with Bargs and I’m more than happy with this level of play. 3
3 Shumpert, Iman It looks like the trade rumors have been getting to him a little bit, that and being the latest Knicks to get a secret knee surgery over the summer.  Seriously are there any Knicks who DIDN’T get a secret knee surgery this summer, and do they all do to the same doctor and bump into each other in the waiting room?  Anyway, he’s been consistently decent and one of a very few Knicks that don’t make me yell and throw things constantly. 8
4 Prigioni, Pablo Why Pablo doesn’t get more playing time is beyond me, he might be the Knicks best point guard at this point. 4
5 Hardaway Jr., Tim THJ hasn’t done anything great when he’s been on the court but he hasn’t done anything terrible either.  Sadly, that’s enough to earn a top 5 spot on this team. Continue reading

It’s Only Preseason

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“Its only the preseason” is the claim that many will make regarding the perfect shift Iman Shumpert put in during the Knicks opening preseason game versus Boston on Wednesday night.  For those of us who have been watching Knicks basketball for years, it was confirmation of what we have been whispering for over a year.  Iman Shumpert is ready to take the next step into stardom in the NBA.
Shump was flawless from the field, going 7-7 including 3 from behind the arc.  The most encouraging improvement is his shot selection.  There were many times early in the game when a younger Shumpert would have forced a shot or had one of those pointless drives into the paint.  On Wednesday night, Shumpert drove and created, making plays happen for his teammates.  How many years has it been since the Knicks has possessed a player with a solid combination speed and scoring ability?