A Easier, Smarter Knicks Gameplan.
After the Debacle in the draft, the Knicks have to look to salvage what is already been a questionable offseason. All draft picks will contribute, I just don't know to what level. Right now, here is my NYK plan to improve next season and make the playoffs.
1. Resign Bill Walker and Earl Barron.
Both players near the end of the season played alright. Both could be rotation bench players I believe. Walker could start if he's shown to play better defense and be in shape. Barron could be that bench post player we could use.
2. Hire Kevin Pritchard
Yes, I wanted Pritchard before he was Fired. That man knows how to be agressive and loves to attack the draft. With rumors of Donnie Walsh retiring next season, bring in KP and let him be the successor next season.
3. Get A Defender and a Rebounder
My First choice for a defender is Ronnie Brewer. With Memphis taking 2 guards in the draft, I don't know if he goes back. NY could use him as a defender/shooter combo. The Rebounding? I would love Brendan Haywood but I see him leaching on a title contender for the MLE. My suggestion is Udonis Haslem or Tyson Chandler. I put Chandler here because he fits the persona of a NY player. It's unlikely however. Haslem? He will most likely be replaced and NY could use a tough, gritty big.
4. Amare Stoudemire? Rudy Gay?
This is someone we need to call. I would call Amare Stoudemire and Rudy Gay. Yes, I would offer the max for both. Stoudemire has played in a Mike D system in the past. He's improved his range and could be the scoring big we need opposite the burly big. Gay does not deserve the Max but at this point? He might be worth the risk. He's 23 and will have some spring in his legs to play. I believe the max contract is something that could push him a bit more to become a superstar. That or NY will eat that man alive.
5. Point Guard
I thought Sergio was the answer, got shot in the head for it. Toney Douglas is not a starting PG. I would love him off the bench. My 1st option is Jordan Farmar. He didn't play alot of PT in LA but won 2 rings. I think increasing his PT could help him. Moving from the Triangle to the Run N Gun? I could see Farmar posting 12 and 7 quick.
6. Fat Eddy's contract- Time to Move
I know what people are thinking " Who's taking Eddy Curry?" Well, any team that wants to get under the cap for 2011. I would love to say we could steal from a team but we won't. I believe NY could move Curry and Chandler and add a player. This could solve my 5th idea put if I'm NY, I'm thinking of taking in Gilbert Arenas. Before the suspension? 20 and 7. He had the numbers. I think offering Curry and Chandler for Arenas would be a deal Washington would love to do because it allows them to built around Wall in 2011, 2012.
So with all of this, here's what I believe the NYK roster would look like with my moves.
Arenas- Gay- Gallinari- Stoudemire- Haslem
Brewer- Douglas- Jordan- Barron- Walker
What do you think? I know- " Another one of these NY things?" I'm sorry guys, I just would like a opinion.
I must say, this is one of the more realistic and common sense NY off season posts I've seen. I really like it and it all seems plausible. Good free agents that are obtainable. An arenas trade that washington might be willing to do if they really want to start fresh. Paying curry 10 mill for one season and picking up chandler in the process is certainly btter then some huge buy out that some thought might happen. And I believe arenas can still be a star in this league. Much improved Knicks squad overall. It might not be the "lebron" sweepstakes everyone was hoping for, but it aint bad.
That actually exactly along the lines of what I think will happen. The Arenas trade would be bold but if he's healthy in Mike's offense he could still shine. The Knicks won't get everything this season, if they dont get LeBron, which they wont, they will try and build a team thats one player away next year and add somebody like Melo. But if they don't have any pieces or a reasonable plan of action that involves more then cooking dinner for LeBron why would a free agent want to sign there. Especially now that the Nets can sell the NYC thing now too so that's not exclusive to just the Knicks now.
Bill Walker is a stud....I hope he gets a lot of time next year...
I don't like Gay at the 2 guard. Honestly I would give McGrady another go; you could sign him to a short-term deal for a reasonable amount of money given how little interest he seems to be getting. That way you avoid giving Gay a max-contract which could bog them down in the future. You then have a max contract's worth of cap-space for next season to make a run at Melo. McGrady and Arenas back-court would suit Mike's system as both are great outside shooters. A starting lineup of Arenas, McGrady, Gallinari, Stoudemire and Haslem would be playoff-worthy in the East this season.
However, I understand there are doubts about McGrady based on his form this year, but he was clearly holding back to avoid reinjury on a wasted season. If you were going to throw a max contract at anyone who you could reasonably get I'd be aiming for Joe Johnson as the second guy. He plays the 2-guard for starters and has played with STAT and D'Antoni before in Phoenix.
Something like this is exactly whats gonna happen.Im not hating on this post.I doubt Gay comes here thou.
Knicks grab a bunch of inury prone andéor enigma typê players who have no chemistry and just dawg it in NY.End of story...
This is one time where I think you made a number of excellent arguments.
By the way, even though I like Toney Douglas, I think Sergio is a much better PG. Whenever he was in the lineup, the Knicks played a different and better style of game. He constantly drove to the hoop, making the defense collapse, and would then pass to a wide open player who usually missed the shot.
Douglas is really more of a SG.
By the way, what happened with Sergio? Did he go to Spain or did the Knicks resign him?
Arenas is not a point guard for that system. It would be a black hole offense with nobody who is particularly adept at passing the ball.
I don't understand how paying two guys maximum money when neither deserves it helps you in the long run. Both are very good players, but you are committing a ton of money to two guys that might not even be able to be the second best guy on a championship team.
Amare has been the second best player with Nash for some time and even with a very solid supporting cast I don't think anyone can say that they ever came really close to winning a title. Yeah they almost beat the Spurs a few times, but they didn't and that does not mean they would have gone on to win anything more.
Gay is young, athletic and still has some of the "potential" that he was drafted for, but again is any team going to win a title with this guy as your second best player? I doubt it.
This seems like an excellent plan for a team that wants to make the playoffs for the next 3-4 years and not really compete for anything else. That would be a big step since the Knicks have not been relevant for a while, but the end game should always be a title when you commit that much money to two players and I just don't see it.
I agree with the Arenas call but we I believe he could be a solid passer out the system. Also Gallinari had a couple 8 assist games and he could asked upon to pass in this offense similar to Hedo in Orlando/Toronto
Knicks fans booed Gallinari when he was drafted too. Trust D'Antoni -- Landry Fields can play, and no, the D-League isn't filled with guys who were 8th in the nation in scoring from a major conference and who averaged 9 boards a game as a G/F.
did they fill thoses needs?
I believe so. I don't think KP will be GM and I would still like a solid defensive player.
They didn't match my dream summer but I think they did alright.
i think they did a pretty good job except for find the rebounder part. i forgot azibuke got picked up so that solves defender at the guard spot. i think they will struggle alot with defense downlow because amare doesnt liek to pay attention to that part and turaif just isnt a starting center no matter how hard people try to convince there selves that he is. hes a great energy guy off the bench as a 8th man
I forgot about Azu too. He probably fills the defensive part. As for center, I think Timofey is looking to be the starter. I think right now, NY is secretly looking to add a C because niether Timofey nor Turiaf is ready to be the C.
I think now, were looking at the Knicks being a 8th seed at best.
yeah i agree..i had them as a better shot at the 8th before looking at how the wiz play together and then forgetting about the pacers
I think the Wiz could be better. People forget the 7th and 8th are kinda up in air.
Nice article! This is my first time reading it even though it was posted 4 months ago.
Anyway, after the Wizards first preseason game, this is what he had to say.
"Right now I'm out there to hit open shots, teach John the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on. I'm on my way," Arenas said, offering a subtle hint that he could be dealt before his $111-million contract expires in 2014. "This is the NBA. There's few players that stay in the same city, so right now the city is John's. I'm not here to fight anybody. I'm here to play alongside of him. He's Batman, I'm Robin. When I came in, Larry [Hughes] moved aside for me to become a star and I'm moving aside for him to become a star."
By reading that statement, you would think that he thinks that he will not be with the franchise for long. But later,
Arenas said he isn't looking to go anywhere, or seeking a trade; he is content serving as a mentor to Wall and the other young Wizards as one of the few veterans on the roster. He said he simply meant that he would move on when his deal ends, not before it.
"I've got four years left," Arenas said, "and that's it. That's all I was saying."
Even with that being said, I think there is a chance Arenas gets traded soon. I think that Gil will revive himself this season and if he were to get traded to the Knicks, I think he would be a good fit for their system. Een with all the knee surgeries, he is still very quick and even though he has been known as a scorer for most of his career, last season, he trying trying to become more of a point guard and because of that, his assist numbers went up, so I think he is a very capable passer. He is also an upgrade from Felton, and he also fits well with the Knicks system because he plays no DEFENSE. The Knicks have improved a lot from last season and in order to take the next step, I think they need to get another star player, and I think that Gilbert can become a star again. If I'm Donnie Walsh, and would try to make a trade for Gil.