The New York Knicks should not waste their time with Andris Biedrins if he becomes available to them via free agency. He isn’t good and he won’t help the team do anything in the playoffs. If they can even get a chance at him they shouldn’t bother.
Biedrins is currently under salary for two more years at $9 million per with a player option at that amount for a third.
He is simply owed too much money for them to get a marquee big and keep him around.
Marc Berman over at the New York Post is reporting that Biedrins is one of the targets the Knicks want to acquire if and when Golden State makes him an amnesty casualty.
They should reconsider.
Biedrins is too much of a stiff to make an impact in the Big Apple and won’t be the center that pushes them over the edge and takes them on a deep playoff run.
It’s quite obvious the team needs a stopper in the middle who can rebound to pair with the defensively inept Amar’e Stoudemire.
But they also need someone who can score when called upon and Biedrins simply cannot do it. He is terrified of going to the free-throw line and is a career 51 percent shooter from the stripe.
He actually shot 16 percent during the 2009 season and managed to double it to 32 percent last year.
It affects his ability to stay on the court because he freezes up when he receives the ball and tries to get rid of it instantly.
Samuel Dalembert is a much better option than the Latvian product and is actually capable of some semblance of offense as well as protecting the rim and altering shots.
He is a double-double threat and played very solidly last year with a terrible Kings team. He averaged over eight points and rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. He also blocked over a shot-and-a-half per game.
That is the kind of production the Knicks need from their center position and that is exactly what they won’t get from Biedrins.