New York Knicks: Offseason Prediction
Before the Summer of 2010 arrives, the New York Knicks have some offseason thinking to do for the upcoming 2009-2010 season.
The Knicks must be able to keep players who will help contribute to the team and also drop players who will do no such thing and just waste salary cap money.
The NBA Draft is also coming up, so New York will have to make a solid draft pick if they want to compete for a championship in the upcoming seasons.
Free Agency should also be a huge option for the Knicks and they could pick up a big name guy if they choose the right player and throw a good deal at him.
Here is a predicted preview of what the New York Knicks will do this offseason.
Who to Keep?
To have a chance to win a championship in the NBA, you must know which players you need and want to keep.
The Knicks have many of those players but only some should come back to the team next season.
At guard, New York must keep Chris Duhon and Nate Robinson. These two point guards both run Mike D'Antoni's offense fairly well and know who needs the ball when the time is right.
Although there are many rumors floating around that Robinson will be traded to another team, I feel that he will stay right here in New York and help this team succeed. Duhon should also stick around because without him last year, the Knicks are nowhere near playoff contention.
With the other guards on the team, there are some question marks.
Out of the rest of the pack, Wilson Chandler should stay with the team.
Chandler is an up and coming superstar in the league and the Knicks would be stupid to let him go.
At forward, the Knicks once again have some big time decisions to make.
Danilo Gallinari and Al Harrington should be kept on the team just because of what they bring to the table.
Gallinari was the team's first round draft pick last year and started to show some promise before injury ended his season.
The decision to keep Harrington might be a risky one, but he brings passion and emotion to this team and that's what they need. He also led the team in scoring this past season, so that would be a big reason to keep him, don't you think?
Now the big question arises. How are the Knicks going to win if they don't have a dominant center?
Yes, it is obvious that the Knicks do need a powerful and big center in the middle, but that question would not be answered by letting go of David Lee and Jared Jeffries.
Lee is the absoulte heart and soul of the Knicks. He is the blue collar guy on the team that works hard despite the fact that he is undersized. Releasing him or trading him could be the single worst move the Knicks could make at this time.
As for Jeffries, he is also a hard worker who is mainly in the game to grab rebounds and play solid defense. A defensive minded guy is always needed on a team and that is exactly what Jeffries brings night in and night out.
Who to Drop?
Even though getting rid of players is a sad day, players and fans alike must get over it and know that whatever happens is for the betterment of the team.
This statement speaks the most truth for guard and Knicks fan-favorite, Quentin Richardson.
Richardson always played with intensity and knew that the name on the front of the jersey was always more important then the name on the back.
Yet, his time with Knicks might be up because it seemed at times that his playing time was going down and that he just wasn't on the same page as the rest of the team.
A player in which Knick fans can't wait to get rid of is center Eddy Curry.
For the past two seasons, all Curry has been is a huge distraction, literally, and showed no improvement on the court.
Releasing Curry will finally provide the Knicks some salary cap money and the opportunity to sign a player who will work hard for the team.
The last two Knicks that will be saying goodbye to Madison Sqaure Garden are midseason acquisitions, guard Larry Hughes and center Chris Wilcox.
Both did show promise in their short stints with the team, but both looked out of place and didn't seem to fit the D'Antoni style of play.
New York will probably get rid of their ten day contract players such as Joe Crawford and Mouhamed Sene.
Who to Draft?
Although the Knicks are in a desperate need of a dominant big man, they will probably not acquire one in the NBA Draft.
The two big name centers, Hasheem Thabeet and Blake Griffin, will most likely be both off the board by the time the Knicks get to draft.
So with that being said, the Knicks will most likely go after guards Stephon Curry or European sensation Ricky Rubio.
Both players would provide big time scoring threats for the Knicks and would help improve the team offensively.
Curry and Rubio are quick players who can make it difficult for opposing guards on the defensive end of the court as well.
Who to sign in Free Agency?
As we already know, the big name players such as LeBron James, Dewayne Wade, and Chris Bosh will all become free agents in 2010.
Before that even takes place, New York must focus on this year's free agent class and try to pick up a dominant big man or a powerful and dynamic forward.
The Knicks should have their eyes on two guys especially: Carlos Boozer and Shawn Marion.
Boozer is a big and powerful player who can play both the center position as well as at forward.
He can hit the jump shot from mid range and also be an intimdating prescense on the defense end and on the boards. He would be the perfect compliment to David Lee.
Marion can also provide that threat on the offensive end and also play harassing defense.
He also brings alot of emotion to his game and the Garden faithful loves it when players are excited to play.
Donnie Walsh and the Knick's front office will be very busy this offseason trying to make this New York Knicks team a winner once again.
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