Adding Marcus Camby Doesn't Make New York Knicks Title Contenders

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 9, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 02:  Marcus Camby #29 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Omer Asik #3 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks had a guy like Marcus Camby last season.

His name is Tyson Chandler, and his presence wasn't enough to guide the Knicks to a title.

So in response to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports' report on Monday that Camby is headed to New York, color me unimpressed.

Wojnarowski tweeted:

Camby has agreed to a three year, $13.2 million deal with the Knicks, source tells Y! The final year includes a partial guarantee.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2012


Will Camby's signing help the Knicks? Sure, he's an extra post defender whom you can rotate with Chandler, keeping the veterans fresh. There's no question that it will make things easier on Chandler.

But this doesn't change the fact that Amar'e Stoudemire wasn't exactly the greatest defender last season, or the most headstrong. You still have Stoudemire averaging over 30 minutes per game and playing subpar man-to-man defense during that span, and you still have Stoudemire rebounding poorly for a guy of his athleticism. On top of that, he didn't even block that many shots in 2011-12.

The real problem is Stoudemire. What the Knicks really need is a backup defensive-minded power forward who can bring something else to the court when Stoudemire needs to rest. Instead, you spend over $13 million on a player in Camby who isn't going to make a huge difference.

This is the same problem that has beleaguered Knicks fans for years: incompetent overspending on players who aren't worth the money based on the impact they will potentially have. While this may seem like a harmless move, it doesn't get the Knicks much closer to a title, and it takes away from other areas the Knicks need to address.

The Knicks always seem to go for the big names. They should have realized, after Stoudemire, that big names don't always get you to the promised land.


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