Carmelo Anthony – B: He played too much iso-ball in the beginning of the season, but since coming back from his injury has been making a huge effort to move the ball around. His shot is way off right now but we expect him to look more like himself after the all-star break.
Mike Bibby – F: I know he’s getting old and he’s lost a step, but how did he forget how to shoot and pass as well? We had to play shooting guards at the point because he was too bad to play more than five minutes.
Tyson Chandler – A: Exactly what we wanted when we signed him. Excellent defender, low post presence and when a good PG is playing can be a factor on offense too. He’s currently leading the league leader in field goal percentage. Needs to calm down on techs or he’s going to be suspended for a number of games in the second half. Continue reading
Anyone want to fill me in on the logic of this move?
This is my guess as to what the GM was thinking, “Hmmmm, I think I’d rather sign a 4th shooting guard and continue to play Jeremy Lin 40 minutes a game instead of signing a backup point or even a backup big man. OK so I’ve talked myself into a SG, but our 4th SG can’t be just any SG. What we need is a ball stopper. Preferably one who’s a very streaky shooter like Jamal Crawford was. Oh let’s make sure he is suspect on D and has a bad attitude, things were getting a little too happy around here, we need to make things interesting. I know, J.R. Smith!”
Last I checked we have Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas all fighting for minutes at the 2. Obviously Douglas is currently the odd man out, but it looks like Shumpert will also lose most of his playing time when Smith arrives. You know, our best wing defender. Also a young player that needs to get some run to develop.
I hope this works out, but I have a feeling I’m going to be waching the game from my computer (not my couch because MSG still has their channel blacked out in NY) and thinking about this post when he’s in the middle of a 2-14 game and Shump looks miserable on the end of the Knicks bench.
Remember a few weeks ago when we were complaining that the Knicks went 4 deep with one of the worst benches in the NBA? Well now if Baron Davis ever comes back we’re suddenly 2 deep at every single position.
Jeremy Lin Baron Davis
Landry Fields Iman Shumpert
Carmelo Anthony Steve Novak
Amar’e Stoudemire Josh Harrellson
Tyson Chandler Jared Jeffries
And that’s with Toney Douglas, Bill Walker, Renaldo Balkman, Mike Bibby and Jerome Jordan all getting zero minutes.
Are we actually resembling a real team?
The Knicks won their sixth in a row, the first five with a starting lineup of Jared Jeffries, Bill Walker, Landry Fields, Jeremy Lin and Tyson Chandler. If you’re doing the math that’s 1 legit starter, a D-leaguer, a 2nd round pick, a guy who was the 11th man in Boston and a guy who couldn’t break into Houston’s rotation when all of their forwards and centers were injured. Amar’e was back for this one, but started out real rusty.
So why are they winning?
We get ready for our stars to come back by asking a number of important questions like if they will be able to play with Lin, what the offense will look like a week from now, who earned more playing time, what is Bill Walker doing, is Baron Davis now a bench player, and much more. Download Episode 104