Could it be true? Could a 38-year-old center be the cure to every one of the New York Knicks' postseason woes? In the eyes of James Dolan and company, the answer is yes.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that heavily-burned 38-year-old is none other than Marcus Camby.
Y! Sources: Marcus Camby agrees to three year, $13.2M contract with Knicks in sign-and-trade deal. tinyurl.com/cxzwcda— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2012
Camby is coming off of a 2012 campaign in which he averaged just 22.9 minutes per game. In that limited playing time, Camby tallied 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game; numbers that would have ranked Camby second and first respectively on the Knicks' roster.
Beyond the statistics, however, are Camby's on-court contributions via his style of play.
Help Side Defense
If the video has shown you anything, it's that Marcus Camby is as talented a shot blocker as any. What's hidden in the seams, however, is that Camby is a better shot blocker than any at recovering for his opponents.
This is very important for the New York Knicks, as Amar'e Stoudemire is far from an intimidating defender. In fact, Stoudemire may have blown more defensive assignments than anyone at his position not named David Lee.
For those who believe Marcus Camby to be a shot blocking aficionado with no on-ball skills, you're horribly mistaken. Camby is just as proficient on the ball as he is away from it.
A helpful bit of information when you weigh Stoudemire's defensively-inept play.
Second Chances and Putbacks
What is often lost about Marcus Camby's game is that he's one of the most efficient offensive players at his position. He hardly ever plays outside of his own game and is as solid on the offensive glass as any.
His ability to throw down a putback jam is evidence of such.
With a team led by jump shooters, specifically Carmelo Anthony, Camby's presence will be key to the Knicks' execution on offense. He creates plenty of second-chance opportunities, as evidenced by his 2.6 offensive rebounds per game.
Marcus Camby is just as important on offense as he is on defense.
To put it kindly, the New York Knicks landed a 38-year-old who is better than 90 percent of the centers in the NBA. His fundamentals exceed the athleticism of any other player in the NBA and he will play a key role in the Knicks' deep postseason run.
Yes, deep postseason run.