The New York Knicks are trying to forget about past playoff failures and set themselves up for a successful upcoming season. They are doing so by putting together a roster of talented athletes—they hope to include 25-year-old power forward Sean Williams to that roster.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN.com reported that New York has an eye on Williams.
A source familiar with the Knicks' free-agency plans told ESPNNewYork.com that the team is considering signing forward-center Sean Williams, who was waived by the Rockets this week.
Williams, who finished out last season with the Boston Celtics, would round out the Knicks' roster, giving them the backup to Amar'e Stoudemire that they so desperately need. The power forward has game, but he's never reached his ceiling.
Thus far in his career, Williams has averaged 4.2 points per game to go with his 3.4 rebounds per game. From the floor, he's been pretty efficient as well, shooting just over 51 percent.
While Marcus Camby and Steve Novak are capable of playing the power forward spot, they aren't naturals at the 4-spot. Camby is a defensive-minded center, and Novak is a sharpshooting small forward.
This is why Sean Williams is valuable—the power forward is where his talents are, and backing up Amar'e Stoudemire is where there are valuable minutes to be played.
Oh yeah, and Williams can be had at the veteran's minimum.
The Knicks' front office is working with whatever cap space they have with the intent of competing for years to come, and the moves they made this offseason point them to that direction.
A second unit consisting of Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, Sean Williams and Marcus Camby could be highly effective against most teams. The depth that the Knicks have is simply the best that has been seen in many years, and Williams adds to that depth significantly.
I've heard that the Knicks have one too many forwards on their roster, but I believe these "fans" do not realize that the Miami Heat just won a title with eight forwards?
Granted, Sean Williams is not superstar, but he's a solid defensive player, and with Mike Woodson at the helm, the Knicks can never have enough defense.
You know what they say—defense wins championships.