Here is the breakdown, by player, of each current big man projected to be on the 2011-12 roster not named Amar'e Stoudemire.
Signed his one-year team option for $4.4 million. Turiaf can play both power forward and center, but injuries, a propensity to get into foul trouble and offensive struggles will prevent him from contributing more than 20 minutes per night next season. Still, his defense, hustle and smart, mistake-free play (0.6 turnovers per game) are sights for Knicks fans' sore eyes.
The NCAA tournament's breakout star last season, the 6'10", 275-pound center may lack the athleticism and length to become a full-time NBA center, but his relentless defensive play and excellent work ethic could land him a spot in the Knicks' rotation. Depending on how he adjusts defensively on the next level, he could form a platoon of sorts with Turiaf, as they mirror each other somewhat.
According to The New York Post, the Knicks' seven-foot (7'5" wingspan), 235-pound project will likely sign with the team after the lockout. Jordan is still pretty raw—he played only 15 minutes per game overseas last season but still had almost three fouls a contest—but the Knicks can bring him along slowly, like Timofey Mozgov.
It also helps that he claims in the Post article to be adept at shot blocking, rebounding and the pick and roll, basically the top three requirement for any New York Knick frontcourt player. Expect him to make an impact by midseason.
Again according to The New York Post, Kwame Brown is "on the Knicks' radar" if he can be had for a one-year deal. If he can be had at the right price, why should the Knicks say no to a 6'11", 270-pounder who averaged eight and seven last season and can defend?
With 30 teams in the league, one has to wonder if a GM will throw a two-year deal at the 29-year-old Brown after his mini-reformation though.
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Which is precisely why Post scribe Marc Berman's picks of Joel Pryzbilla, Aaron Gray and Kurt Thomas seem like more reasonable choices. Thomas is the pick out of those three because of his veteran savvy (17 seasons) and ability to guard both power forward and center. While he will be 39 next year, Thomas did play over 22 minutes a game for the Bulls off the bench, so he still has something left in the tank. Thomas will definitely help with frontcourt defense, while the Knicks' newest first-round draft pick can do the same in the backcourt. The problem with him, though, is offense.