Three games and three ugly losses since the last rankings. The week was highlighted by finding out Metta World Peace is an alien, Chris Smiths first NBA minutes, Dolans motivational speech followed up by Tyson Chandler saying he was told to say the meeting never happened and other stupid things that only happen with this franchise. I’d love to just start this list with #4 but alas I can’t, so without further ado here is this weeks Knicks roster power rankings:
Yeah I’m putting Murry at the top spot this week, big whoop, wanna fight about it? No starter deserves the top spot this week after the got blown out of the water in every game this week. Murry happens to play very good defense, makes some nice passes and those passes are to his own team, bonus! Murry also had a +4 while playhing 27 minutes in a 15 point loss, which is the one positive from that game.
We have always said Amare is never going to be a positive on defense, but if he’s going to be super crazy efficient on offense then it’s worth having him out there. That’s what he was this week. The only efficient offensive threat on the entire team this week actually. So far this list is making me sad.
Poor Beno, he looks outmatched out there sometimes, but he’s been handling the lead PG duties better than I expected. He also called out Woodson for his inconsistent playing time and the lack of the 2 PG lineup that he was promised upon signing with this mess of a team.
Tyson has not looked himself this week. Maybe he came back too soon or maybe he’s playing injured. Playing injured seems to be the thing to do on this team rather than taking a game or two off and coming back healthy and effective. Tyson has shown flashes but not enough.
Is it that JR can no longer shoot or is it that he is fully committed to that stupid step back shot that never works? He got voted as the Knicks player of the week by the Knicks blog, which is insane, but I will give him credit for getting more rebounds and assists than usual, while not taking 30 shots a game with Melo out, which is kind of surprising. Negative point for sporting a +/- of -68 over the 3 games this week, twice as bad as playing injured/terrible defense Bargnani.
So now we find out Bargnani has been playing injured and can barely turn his neck. Why in gods name do so many players on this team play when they are barely functional and a detriment to the team in their condition? Sit out until healthy, there is no point in playing like crap while injured. This goes out to Felton, Amare, Melo and everyone else this season who has played multiple games injured.
Shumpert shot 5-15 this week which is sadly way better than the last few weeks. His defense hasn’t looked good at all either. Did the Knicks mentally destroy him, is he in a slump, is he still recovering from an injury, does he have a new injury, or is he just plain old overrated?