Throughout the 2010-11 season, one of the New York Knicks' biggest weaknesses has been their center play.
Oftentimes, the team has run with Amar'e Stoudemire out of position at the 5, forcing him to matchup against bigger and stronger opponents.
And seeing as though tough interior defense is by no means one of Amar'e's strengths, opposing bigs have often excelled against New York.
Nevertheless, when Stoudemire isn't playing center, that role has been primarily taken on by defense and hustle specialist Ronny Turiaf.
Turiaf, however, can be a liability on offense, which causes offensive-minded coach Mike D'Antoni to give him limited minutes.
And when he does earn time, the 6'10", 247-pound forward-center is still occasionally overmatched by bigger players.
Moreover, Turiaf has been hamper by minor injuries throughout the year, including his most recent DNP due to an ankle injury.
And now, after trading away Timofey Mozgov in the Carmelo Anthony trade, the only other option at center is Shelden Williams.
For his part, Williams provides a strong presence on the defensive interior, although his mediocre athleticism and limited offensive repertoire put a significant cap on his effectiveness.
Nevertheless, he had a decent game in his last outing—posting 10 points, nine rebounds, a block and a steal—and if New York want to win in the playoffs, they will need more of those efforts.
So in all, if the Knicks hope to achieve success in the postseason against the better frontcourts of the Eastern Conference, they will need Turiaf to return from injury with increased effectiveness and Williams to consistently produce.