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1116When the New Orleans Hornets C Tyson Chandler failed his physical it was a blessing in disguise for the New York Knicks. Chandler was supposed to be traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and the rights to DeVon Hardin. With that deal rescinded the Knicks acquired the 26-year-old Wilcox for F Malik Rose and cash. The former Terp brings immediate depth to a small front line and runs the pick-and-roll well. His $6.75 million dollar contract expires at the end of the year. Rose was buried on the Knick bench and his contract also exprires at the end of  season.

Wilcox was selected eighth by the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2002 NBA Draft. The Raleigh native came out in his second year and averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore. He was a key player in guiding Maryland to their first NCAA national title that season. Even though his averages were not overwhelming NBA scouts were impressed with his athleticism, toughness and intangibles for a big man.

During the 2005-06 season he was traded to the  Seattle Supernsonics for F Vladmimir Radmanovic. He started 23 of 29 games for the Sonics  and averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and shot 59% from the field. This was the kind of potential NBA scouts were waiting for The next season he started 81 games and scored a career high 32 points and pulled down 18 rebounds against the Lakers. Also that season he scored 27 points and 22 rebounds against Washington. A change of scenery and additional playing time was instrumental in the young  forwards development.

Over the past two seasons he has battled a knee and finger injury which has caused him to miss 37 games.  Wilcox does not block many shots which is a big flaw for the Knicks but compliments F/C David Lee well with his post defense and rugged style of play. He should see plenty of minutes in the frontcourt and emerge into a double-double threat. Adding Wilcox was just another savy move by team executive Donnie Walsh.

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