PG Raymond Felton – I like this signing. Felton is a point guard that Bobcats Coach Larry Brown would not trade last year because according to Brown “the Bobcats could not trade his heart.” There is no tougher critic on fundamentals than Larry Brown and any point guard that makes him happy is alright in my book.
SG Wilson Chandler- Knicks brass is much higher on this kid than other teams have been in trade talks. I like his moxie and the fact that he will raise his intensity in big moments. He is one player I would rather keep since he is undervalued around the league. has had some injuries the last few years bit keeps coming back strong. He is a big shooting guard and attacks the lane with reckless abandon and has a good jumper. This a guy only true Knicks fans who watch a lot of games can appreciate.
SF Danilo Gallinari – A poor mans Dirk Nowitzki or hopefully a rich man’s Manu Ginobolli. Even if this kid makes close to good on Mike D’Antoni’s wild reference to him as the “best shooter I have ever seen”, he will still be at best a 3rd option on a championship team. As is stands now I would not take him over Manu Ginobolli during the Spurs title runs. He is still not enough to get Carmelo in a trade and you have to wonder if he would make Team USA’s roster if he was eligble. Knicks fans are still wondering why Walsh passed on Eric Gordon for Gallo. When he demanded to guard the other teams best player every night last year he showed the kind of heart that has been missing from the Knicks since Charles Oakley left.
PF Amar’e Stoudemire - Great power forward. According to many scouts he is the best finisher in traffic in the NBA, kind of like Eddy Curry at an all you can eat buffet. He has a large injury history for a guy that just signed for 100 million. His signing this off-season shows just how desperate the Knicks situation has become. After taking years to shed bad contracts the Knicks rolled the dice on another one because no one wants to play on such a sad sack franchise. I would respect him for taking a chance on the Knicks except we were also offering him the most money. Can he score without 2 time NBA MVP Steve Nash? Can he stay healthy? A lot of question marks here but I think he will play well.
C Eddy Curry – Cannot wait for this nightmare to be gone. The poster child for what’s wrong with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. Curry has destroyed a major market franchise with his bloated contracted and even more bloated gut. If I was David Stern I would conduct the negotiations next summer with an Eddy Curry jersey on. Contracts like this are the reason the NBA is losing money. The NBA needs a pay for performance structure like fortune 500 companies have in their sales departments across the country. If you perform like a star then you get a lot of money. And each year you have to earn it, just like everyone else does.
PF Anthony Randolph – Great metrics, great athleticism and still young. He is the key to any deal the Knicks hope to complete for Carmelo. Could be one of the greats but how do you know if he wants it bad enough to work hard every offseason to maxmize all his raw talent and become a star? Remember Darius Miles? Me neither.
G Bill Walker – Great Athlete. Lost a lot of weight this off-season. Was once the top prep player on the country alongside OJ Mayo. Can really dunk and with a strong November could be part of a deal. My favorite Knick.
PF/C Ronny Turiaf – The kind of character guy the Knicks sorely needed. An understated acquisition that could help turn the franchise karma around. he was a force for the Lakers for a few years and brings the backbone the Knicks have been missing in the paint.
SG Kelenna Azubuike – Too early to know what this guy is about. Had a torn patella and was out most of last season, was born in England so that cannot be good news since they only play soccer over there. Lots of scouts like his game so we will see if he can play well. Rumor is he is in the running to start at shooting guard.
C Timofy Mosgov – Signed out of Russia under the radar by Walsh in a KGB style effort. This deal was so under the radar the rumor is Walsh tried to exchange Eddy Curry for Timofy in East Berlin in a cold war style deal. Curry ran out of breath before crossing the border and the Knicks were stuck with him for another year. This signing was in direct response to the New Jersey Nets obnoxious portrait of mogul Jay Z and Nets owner and Russia’s son Mikhail Prokhorov that was in front of Madison Square Garden during the Lebron James sweepstakes. Neither team got James but at least the Knicks scooped the cocky Russian owner in his hometown. If how someone looks on the outside defines their game then this guy will play like a superhero, but I doubt it.
PG Toney Douglas – Cost 3 million to draft but has quick hands and great defense. A good backup PG that no one wants in a trade. He plays hard and could develop into a good player.
There you have it. Its been a long time since Shannon Brown. Its also been a long time since Patrick Ewing. For Knicks fans its just been a long time period. Here’s to hoping 2010 is better than 2009.