NBA Rumors: Marcus Camby Would Add Impressive Depth to Knicks Rotation

John RozumCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

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The New York Knicks are interested in Marcus Camby, and his addition would certainly upgrade the frontcourt.

Camby is scheduled to meet with Knicks coach Mike Woodson, general manager Glen Grunwald and assistant GM Allan Houston on Sunday, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Tyson Chandler is also supporting the idea and wants Camby as well, according to Berman:

He’s a great defender, excellent rebounder and can play without the ball. Last year we struggled with my backup. … Camby has enough experience to come in and give us solid minutes.

Last season, Camby started 53 games and had a strong year considering he's now 38 years old. With his size and total skill set, though, Camby could also contribute at power forward if needed.

Let's take a look at how Camby would deepen New York's rotation.


Easily Camby's best area, defense is a crucial need for the Knicks to remain contenders in the Eastern Conference. With other strong defensive teams like Miami and Chicago, New York needs reliability off the bench at all times.

Camby averaged nine boards and 1.4 blocks per game last season despite getting less than 24 minutes per game. His age has become a factor in recent years, but if anything, Camby has proven he can still be effective and efficient whenever he's on the floor.

The Knicks, on the other hand, ranked No. 11 in defense, allowing 94.7 points per game. That's certainly a strong area, but one that must also improve. New York also ranked just 18th in rebounding, so getting a guy that can consistently grab boards bodes well for the late-game rotations.

Offensive Contribution

Scoring isn't Camby's forte, but he's better than he's given credit for. After seeing his numbers decline the past few seasons in Portland, Camby saw a quick upswing after being traded to Houston.

There, Camby only played in 19 games but averaged 7.1 points and was 48.4 percent from the field. At 6'11" and 220 pounds, Camby could also help at the power forward rotation to give Amar'e Stoudemire a break.

The physicality of playing center is tougher, so Camby could potentially be more effective at forward with his age. Regardless, the man can contribute at center as well, and the Knicks simply need him to keep the offense afloat.

Overall Experience

Camby has already played 16 seasons in the NBA, and from 1998-99 through 2001-02 he suited up for the Knicks.

Age will undoubtedly take away the number of minutes Camby can be effective. However, with an impressive career resume and having performed at a consistently elite level, Camby has proven his talent each season.

And when you combine talent such as Carmelo Anthony with Stoudemire and Chandler, Camby only enhances New York's total presence. Not to mention that one of Camby's better overall seasons came with the Knicks in 2000-01.

He won't give Madison Square Garden 30-plus minutes, but Camby will up his game by feeding off the energy of the Big Apple.

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