Danillo Gallinari could be a sucessful 4 man.
Here me out, some might disagree but Danillo Gallinari could be a succesful 4 man if NY could add a defensive big man next to him.
To be honest, I don't understand how people rip him saying he can't, he's made huge strides in his game from what I seen from him in Italy, to his rookie season, to now. He was 2nd in the NBA in 3's and could be a Rashard Lewis type as a 4 man.
He averaged 15-4 and almost a block and steal last season playing the 3 and 4 spots. Moving him to the 4 could increase him to I say 17-6 or 18-7. He will have some issues on defense however. He could handle himself in the post but against a KG? He will struggle.
Knicksboy32, I like Gallinari and think he'll be an outstanding player when he gets stronger and plays on a team with an excellent PG and players who know how to set screens for him. But there is no way he can hold his own with the Power Forwards in the NBA.
I disagree. I use Rashard Lewis as a perfect example.
That man cannot play defense. He's a shooter. Gallo is not gonna be making a All D team anytime soon, all he has to do is provide a defensive presence. Do I think Gallo could defend a Kevin Love? Hell no. Could Gallo help defend Love a bit on the high post? Maybe.
The biggest concern is who would play center. Curry? Lee? Amare? that would be a horrible defensive frontline.
Knicksboy32, Rashard Lewis is a terrible example of a Power Forward. The only thing he can do is shoot 3 point shots. Paying him that amount of money had to be one of the worst all time financial decisions in the NBA. Nonetheless, he doesn't qualify in my eyes as a PF.
If you're saying Gallinari can hold his own for a few minutes against some NBA power forwards, the answer is yes. But making him your starting PF for an 82 game season would be a huge mistake. He barely has enough strength to compete with Small Forwards.
They would have to add a defensive center.
I would suggest Brendan Haywood or Nathan Jawai. Maybe add Haywood and with one of our 2nd round picks, we could add Jerome Jordan.
I dont like Gallinari too much at the 4. He's actually not a bad 2 because he tends to guard the best player on the opposing team due to his length. D'Antoni puts him on the opposing guards alot. Not many guards can cover him on the other end.
Gallo barely has enough strength for small forwards, thats just plain wrong.
SF isn't the most physical position either yeah you have some guys like Artest, Lebron, Mello, Pierce but who else?
Remember he's only 21 and unlike soft players he does block some shots.
NYK2010, I think you're taking my comment out of context.
1. If you read my first post above, you would know I have very high expectations for Gallinari.
2. The SF strength comment was in relation to the impractical idea of playing him at PF. I fully realize he can be an outstanding SF in the near future. I was merely making a sarcastic comment saying Gallinari just doesn't have the physical strength to play PF.
He could play the 4, but why use him at the 4 when his natural position is the 3?
Also, rashard lewis isn't a true power forward, he's a small forward
Playing PF would definately be a stretch esp. rite now unless he's matching up with guys like Lewis.
There are a lot worse defenders in the NBA, and this guy is only 21.
I hate the Rashard Lewis example. Gallo is way more aggressive on both ends than Lewis right now.
In Mike D' Antoni's system, the guy is gonna be the 4. Hasn't the 4 always been the guy who's most versatile?
hey guys how about this trade for the Knicks
Since Turk wants out of Toronto and he has a pretty bad contract....
S&T David Lee and Eddy Curry (expiring) for S&T Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkuglu
Helps both teams, the Raptors get a pretty good PF back to replace Bosh and get rid of Turks contract which runs for another 3 years I think. While the Knicks add some height and get some playoff experience alone with their first max contract. This would create a more appealing roster for Lebron.