Samuel Dalembert to the Knicks: Would This Fix Their Center Problems?

Chris HaydukCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2011

Sam could be a member of the Knickerbockers next season
Sam could be a member of the Knickerbockers next seasonJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It seems that stories are coming out that Samuel Dalembert and the Knicks share a mutual interest in each other, as reported by

Dalembert is a big body, standing 6'11" and weighing in at 250 pounds, something that the Knicks desperately need.

He would be a great inside presence for the Knicks, averaging eight points, eight rebounds and 1.4 blocks this season. Those are the kind of stats that we need out of a center, a little bit of scoring with strong rebounding and shot blocking. 

Our main problems—interior defense and rebounding—would certainly be addressed when adding Dalembert. 

He's also an extremely durable player, only missing two games in the past five seasons; that is great consistency that the team can rely on. After having Ronny Turiaf constantly injured this season, having a player as durable as Dalembert will be a welcome addition.

The only possible problem that I can see is that he is 29 years old. I would rather have a young center, like DeAndre Jordan, that is constantly improving and will be able to be the starting center for the future.

Hopefully, Dalembert can keep up his durability once he gets to the wrong side of the 30.

Overall, this would be a great addition for the Knicks. Whether he is signed by them as a free agent or Sacramento proposes a sign-and-trade, it should help them vault themselves into the top of the Eastern Conference. 

They desperately need a guy who holds down the paint, and it looks like the Knicks may have found one.

What do you think? Is this the right move? Let me know in the comments below.