Kenyon Martin's toughness and interior defense was a nice addition to the New York Knicks last season, but the team must get bigger and younger to improve the roster.
Martin has all the muscle and moxie to mix it up on the inside, but he's a power forward who is forced to play center for teams who lack depth in the middle.
The Knicks are one of those teams, so there is no wonder that bringing Martin back to New York is said to be "a good possibility," per Jared Zwerling of ESPN.
Martin is a decent option as a backup plan, but the Knicks should look at signing players like 22-year-old Jeremy Tyler. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Knicks during Summer League play.
Zwerling specifically names Tyler as a possibility in his report. Based on this tweet from the New York Knicks, Tyler certainly got the team's attention:
Tyler is 6'10", 260 pounds and a better-than-average athlete. He could spell Tyson Chandler in the middle, and even give minutes at power forward. As of right now, the power forward and center positions are made up of Chandler, Andreas Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire.
That trio missed a combined 116 games last season, and the average tenure in the league is 10 years between them. Martin will be 36 by mid-season, so bringing him back is like adding more of the same veteran element.
Which player would be the smartest signing?
The Knicks would stand to gain more with a fresh body who could learn from the veterans. Perhaps he shows enough to allow the Knicks to feel comfortable with moving Chandler in the near future.
Acquiring Martin again would only be a short-term solution. Tyler could help the team now as well as plant a seed for later.
In the high probability that the Knicks aren't a championship-caliber group, acquiring a potentially high-reward player for cheap makes more sense than inking a veteran whose talents are exclusively suited for an immediate championship run.
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