2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 5

Four games and four losses since last weeks rankings.  I will now try and rank the varying levels of awfulness that make up the Knicks roster.
Rank Player              Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Last night was the first night in a long time Melo has shot over .500, but he’s also fighting constant double teams due to the lack of help around him.  A few more assists would help but I can’t complain too much considering he’s currently 2nd in the NBA in scoring and a very impressive 11th in rebounding. 1
2 Martin, Kenyon Huzzah!  An actual Knick player that plays defense.  He can rebound too!  He’s been playing over 25 minutes a game.  Anyone else terrified at what this team would look like if K-Mart went down? 6
3 Bargnani, Andrea Bargnani went ice cold for a few games but who am I going to put above him?  He’s been grabbing 5 boards a game which is…not the worst I guess.  Would still like to see him get more touches in the 2nd half of games, especially when he’s productive in the 1st half.  Looking at you Melo and JR. 2
4 Udrih, Beno With Felton out Beno has bene our resident ‘PG who lets every opposing PG run past him on just about every play’ guy.  He’s up this high for his performance in the Indiana game because 1 great game is 1 more than the players ranked 5-15. 9
5 Stoudemire, Amar’e You know this team is in trouble when we’re putting Amare in the top 5.  Yes his defense is still the worst but he’s been scoring and rebounding at a very efficient rate which is all you can expect from him at this point.   Continue reading

Episode 222: Running out of Sad Songs

The Knicks lost again and Marc and Jay try to cope.  We are joined by a basketball god, Derrick Rose and Chris Smith.  Talking about the usual, coaching, injuries, fixes, trades, whether it’s time to panic, and much more

Episode 222

Previewing the Knicks Training Camp

We’d like to welcome Jesse Schneiderman to the site, he’ll be adding pieces throughout the season.  You can see more of his work at The Cult Jar and you can follow him on twitter at @thecultjar and @JesseOneT

Training camp is upon us. They begin in October and I, like most basketball fans, are quite excited. Unfortunately, the Knicks made news this off-season for all the wrong reasons (bad personnel moves, guaranteed championships, and speaking with Isiah Thomas). Regardless, 2012-2013 is a new season and with that, fans have renewed hope. We’re not alone, though. Many roster hopefuls come to training camp hoping to make “the league” and secure a spot playing (or watching from the bench) in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Here’s a few unknown commodities, with their odds of joining the Knicks this year.

Mychel Thompson – F (6’6, 211 lbs.)
The son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson, “E” (as I’ve named him, after the only difference between his name and his father’s) is a pretty straightforward player. He can shoot the three (though he was terribly inefficient with the Cavs in five games last year) and is a pretty good athlete. If he gets hot during training camp, he has a shot. Otherwise, he’s a worse Bill Walker.
Chances of making the team: 2/5

Henry Sims – C (6’10, 251 lbs.)
Sims averaged about 12 points and 6 rebounds at Georgetown last season and is the prototypical “center with a wingspan and not much else.” He’ll always get a chance because of his size, but he’s not a good basketball player. With the signing of Marcus Camby and the news that the Knicks are looking for another established big man to bring to training camp, the future is bleak for Sims.
Chances of making the team: .01/5

John Shurna – F (6’9, 220 lbs.)
Shurna is, by all accounts, a goof. He became a legend at Northwestern for his doofy smile and excellent, albeit ugly, jump shot. (Similar to Sims, he has little chance.) He’s more athletic than he looks but a mess defensively. Do I hope he makes it? Yes. Will he? No.
Chances of making the team: 1/5

Chris Copeland – F (6’8, 225 lbs.)
Copeland, who had been playing in Belgium last year and throughout Europe since college, was the Knicks’ best player in the Summer League. He can score and has an NBA body (he’s bigger than the other forwards they’re looking at). Copeland is as close to a lock as this list has.
Chances of making the team: 4.5/5

Aside from those listed, expect Pablo Prigioni to become the oldest rookie in NBA history, the Knicks to only have one member of the Smith family on the roster come opening day (Chris is shorter and worse than big bro J.R.), and James White to turn some heads with athleticism before missing the cut.