Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

More Knicks Pre-Draft

Knicks Rumors & News

May 7th – Jimmer Fredette (withdrew), Bobby Maze

May 27th – Jeff Foote, Tiny Gallon, J.P. Prince, A.J. Slaughter, Mikhail Torrance, Ben Uzoh

May 28th- Craig Brackins, Stephen Dennis, Jarvis Varnado, Greivis Vasquez, Willie Warren, Dominique Jones

June 8th – Tyren Johnson

Here are the other players I did not cover before. Tyren Johnson will be in the next re-cap.

Ben Uzoh (Tulsa)- Uzoh averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds this past year. Scouts are raving about his athleticism and 6’9″ wingspan. He is the only player in school history to rank among the top-10 for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. He had 12 games of 20+ points and 7 games of 7+ rebounds in his senior year. He showed flashes of triple-double potential and has drawn comparisons to Thunder PG Russel Westbrook.

Mikhail Torrance (Alabama)- In his senior season he averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds. The combo guard has good size at 6’5″ and 207 pounds. Scouts are raving about his court vision, handle and shooting range. He had 10 games …

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Knicks to work out six more players on Friday

Knicks Rumors & News

Craig Brackins (Iowa State),  Jarvis Varnado (Miss St), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Dominique Jones (South Florida), Stephen Dennis (Kutztown)

As i wrote on April 13th, the Knicks should be looking to target Varnado and Vasquez in the second round. It appears the Knicks could go small and big with their two second-round picks.

Jarvis Vanardo: The senior was named SEC defensive player of the year for the third straight year (2008, 2009, 2010). His 564 blocked shots is the most of all time and he is the only Division 1  player to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds and shot 58% from the field. Varnado has in creased his points, rebounds and blocks in each season. He is 6’10” in sneakers and has a 7’4″ wingspan. Despite taking 11 jump shots in his senior season he is working on a mid-ranger jumper.

Greivis Vasquez : Vasquez averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 6.3 assists in his senior season. The 6’6″ guard was named to the second-team All-American team. The …

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Knicks bring in six to pre-draft workout

Knicks Rumors & News

The six players invited to the pre-draft workouts in Westchester include : Cornell 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.

The three players worth mentioning:

Jeff Foote: 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks in 34 games in his senior season. He transferred from St. Bonaventure where he made the team as an academic walk-on. Foote  increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the past three seasons. He has great size at 7’0″ and 265 pounds. His presence in the middle altering shots, setting picks and high FG% helped lead the Big Red to finish 29-5. Before losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 he registered 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks vs Temple and Wisconsin. Foote has won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He has a 7″4″ wingspan and a high basketball IQ. He might not be the quickest of foot but he puts himself in …

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Knicks off-season blueprint

Knicks Rumors & News

“While the Knicks will target LeBron James first, they are no less interested in Dwyane Wade, a source tells ESPN’s Chad Ford”

According to the source:

Plan A: Pair James and Bosh

Plan B: Wade and Bosh

Plan C: James and Wade

Plan D: James or Wade and Dirk

How this works?

– Knicks are about $34 million under the salary cap. Which means they can sign two free agents to max contracts.

–  Bosh listed New York on his list as one of his five “preferred” teams. The Knicks could use David Lee to acquire Bosh in a sign-and-trade.

– Dirk plans to opt out of his contract will make him a free agent.

– Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, is an assistant coach for Team USA and has built relations with James, Wade and Bosh.

– The roster has talented young players. Danilo Gallinari is 21, Bill Walker is 22, Wilson Chandler is 23, Toney Douglas is 24.

– Adding two high profile free agents could attract veterans to play on minimum contracts.

–  New York has had winning tradition and is ready to put the …

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Most overpaid player in the NBA: Rashard Lewis

Is Kevin Garnett still this good on defense or is Rashard Lewis just this bad?

Lewis:

Regular Season: 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 39% from 3 (Missed 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level)

First Round: 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Conference Semis: 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Through 2 games in the conference finals Lewis is averaging 5.5 points. He is shooting 25% from the field and 11% from  three (0-6 in Game 1). KG is doing a great job guarding him on the perimeter and forcing him to take difficult shots. Lewis averaged 20.4 points last year against the Celtics in the playoffs. The only difference is KG was not on the court last year.

Vince Carter has taken shots away from Lewis this season but that should be an excuse. Last season from March 21st on he attempted 14 or more shots 17 times. So far this season over the same time period he has yet to have a game with over 13 shot attempts. Lewis needs to have a breakout …

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

New York Knicks Season/Fantasy Recap

Knicks Rumors & News

Last Season

The Knicks teased the fans winning the home opener scoring a November high 117 points. They went on to lose the next six games and ended the month losing five straight.

This kind of inconsistency caused them to finish as the 11th seed in the East. Their only winning month of the season was in December when they finished 9-6. One of the few bright spots occurred on March 16th, when the Knicks snapped the Mavericks 13-game win streak and beat them by 34 points.

New York has lost 50+ games for the third consecutive year and has not won a playoff series since 2000. For the past two seasons Knicks executive Donnie Walsh has spent his efforts trying to get the Knicks under the salary cap. He has traded away Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill in order to get under the cap.

For the first time since 1996 the Knicks are finally under the cap. New York will have a team salary of …

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

NBA Draft Lottery

Knicks Rumors & News

The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will happen tonight at 8 p.m in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Here are the percentages for the 14 teams to win the lottery (number 1 overall pick)

The top 2 picks are projected to be John Wall and Evan Turner

3-5 picks (not in any order) Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wes Johnson

Since 1994, the team with the worst record has won the lottery only once — Orlando in 2004.

-Cavs and Nuggets had same record in 2003

Nets (25.0 percent )

T-Wolves (19.9 percent)

Kings (15.6 percent)

Warriors (10.4 percent)

Wizards(10.3 percent)

76ers (5.3 percent)

Pistons (5.3 percent)

Clippers (2.3 percent)

Jazz (2.2 percent)- Pick from the Knicks

Pacers (1.1 percent)

Hornets (0.8 percent)

Grizzles (0.7 percent)

Raptors (0.6 percent)

Rockets (0.5 percent)

Questions after the lottery

– What happens if the Nets lose out on Wall

– Does Wolves GM Randy Kahn select Turner over Wall if they win the lottery

– How good can the Kings backcourt be if they land Wall

-Who will be the better pro Favors or Cousins

– Will the player selected by the Jazz turn out to be an All-Star

-What players stock will rise …

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Winning trends by Eastern Conference Teams

Knicks Rumors & News

Besides winning 44+ games here are the other trends that made the teams in the East, playoff competitive during the regular season.

– The 8 postseason teams ranked the best in opposing 3pt %

– 7 of the 8 playoff seeds ranked 1-7 in opponents field goal % (Hawks were 9th)

– 7 teams that allowed the fewest points per game made the playoffs (Heat, Magic, Bucks, Hawks,Celtics, Cavs, Bobcats…Bulls were 9th)

-5 teams with the best rebounding differential made the playoffs.

What has to be done:

According to 82games.com the Knicks top five-man lineup unit consisted of Duhon, Chandler, Gallo, Lee and Jeffries. They had 15 wins and 16 losses with a +/- ratio of +8. This unit played the most minutes and likely finished the best because of the versatility and familiarity with each other. New York needs to find a starting rotation with chemistry and size for next season.

Al Harrington had the 2nd worse +/- (-225) on the Knicks and he should not be returning next year. If the Knicks bring back Bill Walker he could be one …

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

NBA Awards

MVP

Who will Win: LeBron James

However, Kevin Durant should get consideration considering the Thunder won 50 games this season which is a 27 win improvement from last season. Durant led the NBA in scoring at 30.1, free throws made (756) and  free throws attempted (840). At 21-years old KD became the youngest player ever to lead the NBA in scoring. The last player was 22 -year-old Max Zaslofsky who led the league back in the 1947-1948 season. Durant also set a record of most most consecutive 25+ point games this season and had a +/- of plus 415. Durant is becoming an elite player in the league and will have a MVP in his future.

James; 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.7 threes, 50% FG, 76% FT, (76 games)

Durant: 30.1, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.02 blocks, 47% FG, 90% FT (82 games)

The Cavs led the NBA with 61 wins and 35 wins at home. James is the best player in the league right now and will be the third player to average 29, 8, …

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

New York Knicks: Next Steps, Part A

Knicks Rumors & News

As the Knicks played their final home game of the season yesterday here are some next steps to consider…In Part B, I will cover the David Lee issue and other possible free agents.

Next season the Knicks have Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Toney Douglas under contract. Eddy Curry has a $11 million dollar option he will exercise. Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens have team options while Sergio Rodriguez has a qualifying offer. This being said the Knicks roster looks very thin going into the off-season.

1) Sign Marcus Camby: Camby has expressed interest in returning to New York and Donnie Walsh is expected to pursue him this summer. The Knicks need to add a long and athletic big to the front-line which makes the former Knick very appealing. Despite his injury concerns he is very productive when healthy. He is averaging 11.8 rebounds (2nd in the NBA) and 2 blocks (4th in the NBA). His 30-point, 13 rebound effort against the Thunder yesterday shows he is not slowing down even at the age of 36.

2) Target players …

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Satonio Holmes is a Jet

Jets Rumors & News

The Pittsburgh Steelers traded former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a 5th round pick (153rd overall) in the upcoming draft. The Jets got the former first-round pick at a discount because he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the leagues substance-abuse policy.The low compensation shows how much the Steelers wanted to get rid of him.

He is also facing  accusations of assaulting a woman in an Orlando nightclub. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has not been scared to trade for players with a troubled background.  He previously traded for WR Bryalon Edwards and CB Antonio Cromartie. (They will be free agents in the next off-season)

3 reasons why this is a steal:

1) This is the last season of Holmes’ rookie contact which also makes him a free agent in the off-season.

2) In his 4th NFL season he set career highs in receptions (79) and yards (1248).

3) Upgrades the Jets trio of WR’s (Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards) to one of the best in the NFL

Hard Knocks is going to be very …

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Fantasy Basketball: What I learned this year

Fantasy

6. NBDL call-ups have value: 33 players were called up to the NBA from the D-League this season. Reggie Williams is one of the players who has made the biggest fantasy impact this season. He has appeared in 18 games for the Warriors averaging 14.9 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 threes and shooting 49.8% from the field and 85.7% from the foul line. Before he was called up he was averaging 26.4 (2nd in the NBDL) points over 33 games for Sioux Falls. He also had the scoring pedigree in college leading the nation twice for VMI.

Because of the lack of depth due to trades and injuries and the Warriors have another NBDL player who has played well in Anthony Tolliver. He is averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.2 threes from the center position. He had 21 rebounds on March 27th while playing 35 minutes a game that month. He averaged 21.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in 14 D-League games this season.

I can list other examples but the final one will be Bill Walker. Walker …

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