Sean Williams: A Fit for the New York Knicks?
This is one of the least-compelling trade deadlines coming up for the Knicks in recent years, as the chances of a big trade happening are very little because the Knicks' goal is to get under the cap for 2010 and Isiah Thomas is no longer at the helm for hilariously painful trades.
However, New York could still improve (obviously with a 21-27 record) and one player who could be great for them is Nets big man Sean Williams.
A little history on the player in question. Sean Williams was drafted with New Jersey's first round pick in 2007, a few picks before New York selected Wilson Chandler. He had a solid rookie season as he averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds and was selected to play in the Rookie-Sophomore game.
Despite being drafted with the 17th pick of the 2007 draft, Williams was considered a lottery-level talent and one of the most naturally talented players in the class. However, his off-the-court problems (such as being kicked off BC's team due to his affinity for the reefer) hurt his draft status and he was considered a steal for New Jersey at 17.
This season, he has been buried on New Jersey's bench behind starters Yi Jianlian and Brook Lopez, as well as bench players such Josh Boone and Ryan Anderson.
New Jersey sent him to the D-League earlier in the season and recently recalled but for all intents and purposes, he is done with the Nets.
How does this relate to the Knicks?
Sean Williams is a perfect fit for New York. This is a team that is in desperate need of a big man that plays big. The only players the team has over 6'10" are Jared Jeffries, Danilo Gallinari, Tim Thomas, Eddy Curry, and Jerome James. Jeffries is a small forward crossed with a power forward with no jumpshot or post skills.
Gallinari is a small forward crossed with a shooting guard with a good jumpshot and no post skills, as is Thomas. Eddy Curry has been a non-factor this season and Jerome James' only contribution to the Knicks in his tenure here has been his comedic inability to play basketball and his comedic ability to be overweight and funny.
David Lee is the only player on the team with real post skills, but they will need another presence, especially one as explosive as Williams. He is a young player, only 22 years old, and he can fit into the Knicks future plans as he his still on his rookie contract.
The team also needs an inside defender. Jeffries is a great defender, but he is more perimeter-oriented and gets overpowered by larger players down low. Lee is improving but still not an inside defensive presence. Williams can accumulate blocks with ease and won't back down inside on the defensive end.
The knock on him is his attitude and work ethic, and the Knicks have had enough of that in recent years, but D'Antoni and Walsh can turn him around, especially in a run-and-gun system that he would fit in very well in.
It's a low-risk, high-reward move as he has limitless potential, but if he doesn't do well, they can simply cut him. As a matter of fact, they may not even have to do that as New Jersey is considering cutting him after the trade deadline, and since he isn't drawing interest from other teams, he can be signed to a one-year deal.
He exemplifies the player with great talent and potential, but doesn't seem to get it all together. But many players have been in his situation and end up doing well once they get a change of scenery. Sometimes, a new team is all a player needs to live up to his potential.
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