NBA Free Agency 2012: Why New York Knicks Should Let Landry Fields Walk
Of course, as any team is allowed to do with their restricted free agents, the Knicks have the right to match the offer sheet signed by Fields with Toronto and bring him back to New York instead.
This would be a huge mistake for the Knicks to do, as $20 million is way too much money to give to a player who appeared to be going backward from his first to his second season.
Fields severely suffered from the sophomore slump last year, declining in most of the statistical categories that he thrived in his rookie year. His points dropped from almost 10 points per game to just 8.8, and his rebounding that was 6.4 rebounds per game and led all guards in the NBA last season dropped to a mediocre 4.2 per game.
The worst was how much his shooting percentages dropped from all areas of the floor. With a roster that includes dominant scorers like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, Fields will always be just a complementary piece who needs to be an efficient shooter—or he should be replaced.
As a rookie, Fields was just that, shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three and 76.9 percent from the line. As a sophomore though, all of those numbers drastically dipped. His field-goal percentage was down to 46.0 percent, his three-point shooting was a dreadful 25.6 percent and his free-throw percentage was the worst on the entire team at 56.2 percent.
Fields’ problems really began when Carmelo Anthony was acquired from the Denver Nuggets last season. Before Melo arrived, Fields’ scoring average was in double figures. After that though, he only scored at least 10 points in just 11 out of the team's 28 remaining games.
He has also been horrible during his two playoff series with the Knicks.
When the Boston Celtics swept the Knicks last season in the first round, Fields scored only seven points combined during all four games. During this year’s playoffs against the Miami Heat he scored a little more than that, but still didn’t make much of an impact, only scoring in double figures and grabbing at least five rebounds in one of the five games.
Landry Fields came out of the gate strong during his rookie season, but has since shown why he was just a second-round pick. The Knicks can’t offer Fields roughly $7 million per year for the next three seasons if he can’t play well with superstar Carmelo Anthony and doesn’t show up in the playoffs.
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