Stat Projections for Each New York Knicks Offseason Addition
The Knicks overhauled their roster this offseason, bringing in nine new players after losing to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs last spring. Gone are Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields and Toney Douglas and in are Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby.
New York has a much deeper team this year, which means a lot of players off the bench will battle to get court time. Players’ averages might dip a bit, but the wins should go up as the Knicks have the potential to go deep into the postseason this spring.
Here are the stat projections for all the Knicks newcomers, showing who will play best for New York in 2012-13.
Per-game stat projections: 1.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists
Copeland signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Knicks this summer, so it’s possible he won’t even be on their roster after training camp. If he does stay, Copeland will play sparingly, as Carmelo Anthony and Steve Novak will get the majority of the minutes at small forward.
Copeland’s strength is his scoring. He averaged 10.1 points per game in just 19.4 minutes per game for the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League back in 2006-07. Those numbers clearly won’t translate to the NBA six years later, but Copeland could still be a capable shooter off the bench if New York is desperate for offense.
Per-game stat projections: 4 points, 1 rebound, 1.5 assists
Chris Smith plays a similar style of game to his older brother J.R., preferring to shoot instead of pass. However, Smith isn’t nearly as skilled as his brother and will struggle to find minutes in a crowded Knicks backcourt.
When Smith does find time to play, he should bring energy and scoring off the bench. Smith will mostly be on the court during blowouts, so he’ll take that time to try and showcase his talent and score as much as possible.
Per-game stat projections: 3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3 assists
Prigioni will be the third point guard on the Knicks depth chart behind Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. Unless one of those two gets injured, he will likely only see action during blowouts.
Prigioni made a name for himself in the 2008 Olympics, averaging 7.1 points per game and 4.6 assists per game, to help carry Argentina to a bronze medal. The only way he’ll post similar numbers is with minutes, and those will be tough to come by for a player far down in the depth chart.
Per-game stat projections: 3.5 points, 2 rebounds, 0.5 assists
White hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season, when he played in three games with the Denver Nuggets. When White has gotten minutes, he has been able to score. Back in those three games with Denver, he averaged 7.3 points per game despite being on the floor for just 14 minutes per game.
White will see little action with the Knicks next year, but he will be able to score when he’s called upon. One of the best dunkers on the planet, at the very least White will be fun to watch next year when he gets playing time.
Per-game stat projections: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Brewer had an off-year with Chicago last year, averaging under seven points per game and shooting an abysmal 56 percent from the line. Expect Brewer to put up similar averages to last year, but in fewer minutes and with a higher shooting percentage.
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will both be given an opportunity to battle for the starting shooting guard spot, leaving Brewer to play mop-up minutes for the Knicks next year. Brewer should put up his best numbers early, while Shumpert recovers from his ACL injury.
Per-game stat projections: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists
Thomas should be a valuable player for New York next year as the team is thin up front. Thomas excels at shot-blocking, rebounding and defense, so expect the Knicks second unit to be tougher in 2012-13.
Thomas will back up Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, and could see up to 20 minutes on some nights. While he brings little offense to his game, the Knicks have enough players who can score and Thomas does the little things to help a team win.
Per-game stat projections: 5 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
Next season will be an adjustment for Jason Kidd, who hasn’t come off the bench since the 2003-04 season, where he failed the make the starting lineup in just one game for the New Jersey Nets. While he might struggle early on, Kidd will eventually feel comfortable coming off the bench and should put up good numbers for the Knicks next year.
New York has struggled defensively the last few years, so expect Jason Kidd to come in when the Knicks are getting torched by their opponent.
Overall, Kidd will prove he was worth signing this summer, and should turn into one of the best backup point guards in the league.
Per-game stat projections: 7 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
Camby will be the first big man off the bench next year, and would start if either Amar’e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler had to miss games due to injury. Camby is a terrific shot blocker, rebounder and is capable of scoring if called upon.
Last year, Camby averaged nine rebounds per game, but that number could be even higher next year if Camby plays a lot with Stoudemire. Although Amar’e is a very good NBA player, he’s not a great rebounder, so expect him to defer to Camby on the boards when they share court time.
Per-game stat projections: 14 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds
Felton played poorly with the Trailblazers last season, but don’t expect that to continue into 2012-13. Before the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony, Felton was the second best player for New York, posting 17.1 points per game and nine assists per game.
Felton won’t go back to those averages because of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and an improved bench, but he should have numbers similar to Jeremy Lin’s 2011-12 campaign. Felton is a good distributor and will get a lot of minutes next year, especially if the Knicks are struggling offensively.