Knicks Preview 2013-2014

After a fantastic 2012-13 contest where the Knicks won 54 games, they look to improve on that number next season and make an even deeper run into the playoffs. The lineup as it stands looks impressive on paper and the 2013-2014 New York Knicks season is going to be a flagrantly fun one (bad MWP and JR Smith joke) to say the least. The Knicks have had some crucial additions / losses from the ‘12-’13 season so let’s have a quick break down to get everyone up to speed.

Key Losses:

  • Chris Copeland aka The Galloping Lesbian aka Brittany Griner – Sweet dreadlocks, but a defensive liability. Seemingly scored at will and put up high points when he was on the court, but the Knicks couldn’t afford him. He was one of the most underrated players of last season left as an UFA to the Pacers. 
  • Steve Novak aka Novakaine – Three point specialist (and fan favorite) who towards the end of the season lost some playing time / lost his only valuable asset, his shot from beyond the arc, left in trade with Toronto.tumblr_m5ld2ohUeA1rtnwmvo1_500

  • Jason Kidd aka Crash Bandicoot – Retired and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets

    Too soon?!?!

  • Marcus Camby aka Marcus Camby- One of my favorite Knicks of all time. Not utilized properly, was involved in trade to Toronto which he’s PISSED about.

  • James ‘Flight’ White- Dude sucked a bag of dicks. Was supposed to be an auto-win in the dunk contest…..NOPE

  • Quentin Richardson – oh the title of this is KEY losses….this guy is a bum

Key Signings/Trades:

  • JR Smith– The reigning 6th man of the year was resigned to a 3yr/17mil. deal which he’s currently using to drive around $450k armored vehicle around NYC. Streaky shooter, but a solid player and when he’s hot….is the hottest player on the planet. Last season he seemed to have a new vision on the court; less chucking and a more balanced and intelligent selection of shots. If he can keep this up when he returns from knee surgery, the Knicks SG situation is going to be nasty. 

  • Pablo Prigioni  aka Pablo Pepperoni aka Priggie Smalls- Smart BBall IQ, able to space the floor. Needs to grow a pair and shoot the open 3 pointer. New York’s best lineups last season included Prigioni at the point and Felton playing off the ball. He is like a ghost on the court, tipping passes, ruining plays and stealing the ball out of nowhere. This guy is awesome. 

  • Kenyon Martin – One of my favorite players ever. Big man, Big blocks, Big dunks, rebounds and can fill in quite nicely when Chandler is off the court. Signing for the vet minimum is a HUGE steal for the Knicks.

  • Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest aka ??? – Fierce perimeter defense, extremely tough, makes problems for shooters on the floor. Minus the possibility of him kicking some fans asses, he’s a fantastic pick up and will prove as a TREMENDOUS bargain for $1.6 Mil. Teaming him up with local nutcase JR Smith should be a fun ride for NBA fans of all ages. QUEENSBRIDGE STAND UPimages

  • Andrea Bargnani- This is what they call in the biz as a high risk/high reward situation. The Knicks traded Novak, QRich, Camby and a few picks (‘14 2nd round, ‘16 1st round, and ‘17 2nd round) for this Italian Stallion. Known as a ‘soft’ center/PF. This is by far the most confusing move the Knicks made this year because the seven footer isn’t much of a rebounder or a defender (what the Knicks really lacked last season) he’s a stretch-4 that can help Carmelo. He needed a change of scenery, and hopefully MSG is the place to do it.

  • Beno Udrih– Tremendous STEAL for the Vet minimum. Doesn’t seem like a huge acquisition, but the dude can ball. Averaged 8.2ppg with ~5 assists in 22 mins. With an aging Prigioni/Felton, Beno is going to get some quality minutes.

    I think it’s just better to put a picture of Beno’s wife instead of him…thank me later

Other Notables

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dad ISN’T Penny Hardaway. Hardaway is coming into a team with a solid shooting guard situation. He may see some minutes if there’s an injury this season, but its pretty much going to be the Shump/Smith show.

  • CJ Leslie– MVP of NC State the last couple of years. I really like his game and was PUMPED when the Knicks signed him.He’s incredibly athletic and a great scorer. Scouts say he lacks motor and sometimes gives up on plays, but Woody will whoop him into shape real quick. Similar to Hardaway he comes into a log-jammed PF situation with STAT and Bargnani so his minutes will be limited in the early going.

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

  • Jeremy Tyler– This guy turned so many heads in the Summer League that he got offered a contract with the Knicks. He’ll be the third center option behind Chandler and Bargnani/Kenyon. Kid’s 6’11” so he can match up with many other centers in the league. All its going to take is some quality outings to gain more minutes.

    BOOM SHAKALAKA

My Starting 5

PG- Raymond Felton

SG- Iman Shumpert

SF- Carmelo Anthony

PF- Andrea Bargnani

C- Tyson Chandler

Second Team

PG- Pablo Prigioni

SG- JR Smith

SF- Metta World Peace

PF- Amar’e Stoudemire

C- Kenyon Martin

The ’12-’13 Knicks are deep at a few positions. The PG crew of Felton, Prigioni and Udrih is pleasantly deep and each brings something different to the table. Felton has the ability to score, Prigioni is a playmaker and Udrih is a veteran who can be creative and can make a play off the dribble. The Knickerbockers are also deep at the Shooting guard position with Shump, JR and recently drafted Hardaway Jr. The forward position is swamped with talent including: Melo, Stat, MWP, Bargnani, Kenyon, Jeremy Tyler and CJ Leslie. The only position the Knicks are truly lacking is a backup big man. They have players that could potentially fill in (Bargs, Kenyon, Tyler) but none are as ‘true’ a center as Chandler. The Knicks have one more spot open on their roster so look for them to find a backup big with potential like Hamed Haddadi (who they worked out last week), Earl Barron or maybe even Cole Aldrich. The Knicks are going to make some waves this season, and still (and forever will) run NY. This may be the season Knicks fans have been waiting for since ’73.

Is that Louis CK in the background ??!?!?!?!

Lemme know what you guys think.

-DiRoma

The Knicks Draft

Back again, let’s talk about the Knicks 2013 Draft, it’ll be short considering they had one pick again. The Knicks needed help at the point guard position and the power forward position with the questionable health of Amar’e Stoudemire. At pick number twenty-four the Knicks chose Tim Hardaway Jr. a shooting guard from Michigan. Hardaway Jr. is a good size at 6’6″ and 205 lbs and is a great shooter and a fantastic athlete who works hard to fight himself open. Tim averaged 14.5 PPG on 44% shooting and 4.7 Rebounds per game last season.  Hardaway has the athleticism and strength to get to the rim and finish. Reports have said when he is engaged and attempts to play defense he can be a solid defender, but a risk taker. That is something that Mike Woodson can polish-up. The biggest knock on Tim Hardaway Jr. is his ball handling, which is ironic because of who his father is. One would think, pops can help him enhance that aspect of his game.

I would rather the Knicks have gone with an available big man like Tony Mitchell, but I can’t argue with picking the best available player/talent in Tim Hardaway. This might signify the end of the J.R. Smith era in New York. It would be a shame after he just won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but if the Knicks can’t afford him then it is time to bid him adieu.

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The Knicks also signed CJ Leslie who went undrafted out of North Carolina State. I love this signing because he is a combo forward who if he bulks up could be a solid Power Forward in my opinion. In a strong ACC Leslie Averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Leslie measures in at 6’9″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, which is exactly the rebounding build that the Knicks need against the likes of the Pacers, but only weighs in at 209 pounds. This isn’t a concern because of something called the gym.  Since he is a combo forward, his range is one of his weaknesses as well as playing with his back to the basket because of his thinner frame. He could be compared to Hakim Warrick, but let’s hope it’s a different result

Leslie

Ailin’ in New York

Amar’e has given his whole body and heart to the Knicks, quite literally. Amar’e has bulging disks in his back and may be done for the season. This man’s body is breaking down before our very eyes and we are on the hook for a lot of money owed to him. What do the Knicks do now? It is being rumored that we will go with a small lineup as Carmelo Anthony may fill in as the Power Forward, while Amar’e gets his back checked for possible surgery. The red-hot knicks are now back at .500 for the first time since parting ways with Mike D’Antoni and are running into injury issues once again. But they are playing inspired basketball and are making a push to move up the playoff seedings and possibly toward the Atlantic Division crown. Boston is also on the charge as the 76ers seem to be playing mere .500 basketball no better than the Knicks or Celts.

This will be Melo’s time to shine as it was last night against the 9th place Bucks without Amar’e and Lin. He put up 28 points shot 12/12 FTs, and grabbed 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert most likely will be splitting a lot of minutes now if Amar’e is out and Melo slides over to the “4”, Landry Fields would then slide over to the “3” leaving the door open for those two. Josh Harrelson, whom I have met in person, will see an increase in minutes and so will Jarred Jeffries I’m sure because of his good defensive play. This will be a make or break run for the Knicks, and with their showing last night against a team that was made better by a deadline deal, I have faith in them. It’ll be tough considering all of the adjustments that this team, and most others, have had to go through during this shortened and clustered season. The Knicks are now 7-1 under Woodson who has rallied this team and has them playing defense no one could have ever imagined from these Knicks. The Knicks must continue this play, without their best asset so far under the Woodson era, Amar’e Stoudemire. Without Amar’e they can roll into the playoffs but it’ll be impossible for them to make noise or damage throughout without Stat in the lineup.

Those are my two cents … cash em in if you wish!

T-Catz