I saw his games in FIBA the other day, and as a Knicks fan I am very pleased to be getting this guy. He is only 24 years old, and has the ability to be able to contribute in a minor role with the knicks in the upcoming season. He is well built, and he is no stiff. He runs up and down the floor very well, and is always active when on the court. He is always setting picks for his teams. His weaknesses are his low post game and strength. He needs to be stronger and more explosive when it comes to finishing, he has been blocked before. My prediction for him if D'Antoni plays him.
10-12 mpg, 2.7 ppg, 3.5 rbg, 1.0 bpg. I think he will get more time and better as he gets more experience.
I doubt D'Antoni plays him, he is very stubborn with his short rotations. Knicks will probably have a 8 man rotation with Turiaf, Amare, AR, Gallo, Chandler, Felton, Douglas, Azibukee on most nights, maybe with a few garbage minutes for guys like Walker, Mason, Curry and hopefully Mozgov.
That's what &$#%#&@! me off about D'Antoni is his small rotations when in the regular season a small rotation brings wear and tear to players. I hope D'Antoni changes this and plays Mozgov right away because it will be key to his development as a player.
He's good but probably won't get too many mintues. I see Turiaf as the Center of this team with Randolph coming off the bench getting PT at C/PF as well. Amar'e will get some C minutes as well.
I think Mozgov should be in the rotation, he probably won't and will most likely get some PT in 2011 after sitting and learning under Mike D.
He should be and him sitting won't help his development. If anything it may hurt his confidence a la Darko Milicic. He is NBA ready now, but nothing more significant than 12 mpg.
Darko needed the bench time though. The issue was he struggled when he hit the court as a 19 year old when he should have been hitting the weights with Big Ben and learning to extend the jumper with Sheed. Alot of people blame "sitting him" but he wasn't committed as much as we think. Trust me.
Mozgov is a faceup big man who I believe could be solid but I don't think we should rush him. He might get some spot PT when Stoudemire, Randolph and/or Turiaf needs rest but I don't think he should be in the rotation yet because I feel he needs to work with D'Antoni and he could be a force in 2011 as a rotational player.
Maybe Darko wasn't fully committed, but he still got the raw end of the deal in Detroit. The best way to allow players to develop is to let them play, especially if they are 24. Mozgov whatever he becomes at his best his prime years begin in 3 years, he needs to start playing now. I would much rather have him in the rotation in limited time than him getting spot playing time every 4 or 5 games b/c then it will not allow him to get into a groove, and that is exactly what Mozgov needs. To be in a groove.
I don't know.
I feel our best 8 should be in the rotation. We don't know what he's gonna bring so I'd say he take some blowout PT at best.
Randolph-Mason-Douglas ( Azu should come in when 100% healthy)
If D'Antoni plays an 8 man rotation this year this team won't do much better. In the post-season running an 8 man rotation is fine, but in the regular season you have to run 9-10 guys.
This team is VERY weird. They have 5 players all how can play different positions. Chandler is a 2/3, Randolph is a 3/4, Gallo is a 3/4, Stoudemire and Turiaf are 4/5 while Mason could be a 1/2.
I think they will flip some players in and out the rotation. I think Mason, Douglas will be rotated maybe every 25 games or so. Bill Walker and Mozgov will see the court but not that many games.
Also, I'm still waiting to see if Rudy is in play for NY. If we could get Rudy by NOT giving up Chandler things would change.
&$#%#&@! U D"ANOTINI
I agree this team is actually strangely built for a short rotation. With few players with a defined position you will see all 8 players get close to starter minutes. Instead of traditional teams where you have starters play 30 something minutes with most bench players getting 10-15 minutes, the Knicks can be constructed where all 8 players play around 27-33 minutes. I hope he does extend the rotation to at least 9 players and get someone like Mozgov a chance, I'm sure Donnie will push that he gets out there at least a little since they invested money in him with a non guaranteed contract it would be pointless to let him sit on the bench for a year and let him walk.
D'Antoni is notorious for his short rotations. I think Mazgov's playing time depends on the opponent. If NY is playing the Lakers or Boston for instance I don't see how they survive without having another bigman upfront involved in the game. Its likey that foul trouble could also result in more runtime for him.
I think people are sleeping on Walker aswell. The dude was great to end the year last season and he has dropped about 30 pounds in the offseason. He's gong to be a completely different player this year, likely a fan favorite with his athleticism. I don't see how Walker gets any less then 20 minutes a night this season. Azibukee is going to start the season still on the injured list and probably won't reach peak conditioning untill the allstar break if the knicks are lucky.