Saturday, October 23, 2010

NBA 30-Team Preview #23: New York Knicks

Playoff time...


C - Amare Stoudemire, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry
PF - Anthony Randolph, Shawne Williams, Jonathan Bender
SF - Danilo Gallinari, Kelenna Azubuike
SG - Wilson Chandler, Roger Mason, Bill Walker
PG - Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas


I know I shouldn't put Amare at center... with this roster make-up, and the lack of power forwards elsewhere... he should really be at the 4... well, plus he's a 4... but anyway, it's the East, and it's D'Antoni.. I like he plays alot of 5 unless Mozgov is good, and I'll believe that when I see it... Gallinari is nice, he's an efficient/deadly shooter and not much else, but he's talented... Chandler is solid, but there's a whole lot of chatter about him, and I don't really understand the hype?... Felton is the key here... that was a huge move for them.. they were completely inept at the point offensively last year (Duhon was flat-out brutal on that end) and you can't play D'Antoni-ball without a dynamic-ish offensive point guard... it doesn't add up... Sneaky move? The Turiaf signing... love him... great energy guy, defends well, and they didn't have anything else... loved it...

Ryan: It warms my heart to hear you say bad things about Chris Duhon..flashback..remember when we went to the NY/Atl game where Nate Robinson went crazy?...that was fun...i'll always remember the joke going into the game "Who was going to get more burn Patrick Ewing now or Nate Robinson?"...well...yeah LOL...anyways
I think that Timofey Mozgov is the slated center for them going into the year because I don't think you want Amare at the 5 for long stretches..but who knows with D'Antoni..he did have Amare at the 5 for old Suns days..the only worry with that would be Anthony Randolph's lackluster play in the preseason.You'd like to think he'd wake up and put all of that talent together for the better but so far he's been what he's always been: Enigmatic. Like you said Felton was the big improvement over Chris Duhon and I think he'll give them much need scoring and ball movement when needed. I don't really get the hype over Gallinari but I hear nice things and I know he can shoot so thats always a value..Turiaf and Chandler are players that I do like and they can do a little bit of everything on both ends...

Brad: Forgive me if I don't fawn all over Mozgov... we know nothing about him, and it's tough to pencil a guy in as an NBA Starter... anyway, Randolph is obviously the key to this team in my opinion... everyone (including me) lost their minds watching that guy's talent in summer league a couple years back, and penciled him in for being a good rotation guy at the very least... maybe he isn't good? We don't know... but they need him to be... I think Amare, on a mission, no less, is enough to get this team into the playoffs in the East, but he's not exactly a non-injury risk, and if he goes out for any length? They're in serious trouble... but I'll bet on Amare in this case, and teaming with Felton + Gallinari, they'll handle the offensive load while guys like Turiaf and Chandler do the dirty work... they'll be entertaining if not competitive... Prediction: 8th in the East

Ryan: I'm not fawning but he's Russian...come on..that adds a level of coolness in my opinion..anyways about Randolph I think if you have flashes I think you are capable of being good..I don't know what could help him..if you didn't flourish in Nellieball in Golden red flag is raised to me..but regardless I'm with you all the way..Amare can't get hurt and the other pieces will help drive this team into a first round berth.. Prediction: 7th in the East

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