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2012 NBA Offseason: New York Knicks

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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New York Knicks (Last Year: 36-30)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

48. Kostas Papanikolaou, F, Greece: B Grade
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO .... Ha, wasn't that an expected response for this pick from the hometown crowd. Papanikolaou played really well in the Euroleague Finals, which opened scout's eyes, and could eventually develop into a role player down the road.

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Iphink 01-02-2014 05:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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I know you are entitled to your own ooipinn, but? anybody who bets against the Heat is a retard. And your ooipinn sucks ass! Great freaking BBQ in Oklahoma though, other than that stick to football.(friendly trash talk don't get your tampon in a bunch)
Muhammet 01-02-2014 05:05 am (total posts: 1)
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woww stupid ppl keep sianyg westbrook and durant will BOTH score 40 plus again yeah only and maybe if they get a double or triple overtime. but not in simply 4 quartrs
ugga booga from congo republic africa now in charleston south carolina 07-12-2013 12:08 am (total posts: 1)
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i can dunk from the NBA 3 point line and i'm only 6'3 and i'm 16 years old.

i have black skin and shiny hair. i like rap music and oranges. anything orange
Pelicans fan 05-30-2013 09:43 am (total posts: 1)
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If the Knicks want to unload Amare good here's a trade to execute:
J.Smith(or)A.Horford & K.Korver
A.Stoudemire & R.Felton

Essentially it would probably be J Smoove who'd be traded.This would benefit both teams.Stoudmire would get out of his bad for him situation and J Smoove is a better fit for the Carmelo Knicks than Stoudemire is because he is a better defender than Stod(but Stod has a no doubt better J-Shot).also Felton can come off of this PG by committee bench of Atlanta and Korver improves 3 point shooting for a team that lives and dies by the 3.then again I'm a pelicans fan what do I know?
mike Ross 06-09-2012 12:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Sign Lamar Odom to vet minimum
Trade Fields to GSW for pick#30
Pick #30 Doron Lamb or Marquis Teague
Sign Goran Dragic
Sign Mikael Pietrus
Dragic & Pietrus share MLE
LouisOrr 06-07-2012 12:47 am (total posts: 1)
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LouisOrr says no to Iverson.
Jay 06-06-2012 12:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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I keep Lin, Novak, & Jefferies. There are rumors about Lamar Odom wanting to play for the Knicks. If that's true I let Fields walk to sign Odom. I'm torn on Smith. He shoots too much but he provides a much needed spark off the bench.
brian h 05-02-2012 02:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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shumpert still meh?
Radio Rah 10-27-2011 11:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Marcell Ferdinand 06-28-2011 09:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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sign Allen Iverson!
bj 06-28-2011 10:28 am (total posts: 1)
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I actually think the Shumpert trade is a high risk/high reward type pick. The Knicks need more quality players to compete. Shumpert fits a number of needs. Something ppl forget is that even tho Shumpert does dominate the ball, melo and billups are good shooters. Billups is older and can't create as well as he used to but can still be an effective shooter. Iman could take pressure off of melo and amare to create everything. Plus, he doesn't have to immediately come in and start b/c he can play more of a lamar odom role as a sixth man ball dominator even tho his game resembles more of a younger wade/tyreke evans.

Josh Harrellson was a gamble (but all 2nd rounders are) but we all know the knicks need frontcourt depth. If he can prove to be a tough, rebounding, backup center then this turns out to be a nice pick.
nycsportzfan 06-25-2011 06:42 am (total posts: 2)
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Didn't WALT have PHONEiX taking Shumpert at like 13th overall in his last mock draft? How did the knicks reach for Iman, exactly?
nycsportzfan 06-25-2011 06:37 am (total posts: 2)
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mprofetta- don't worry man, WALT just goes on what everyone else thinks, regardless of every single season of every single yr, guys picked later being better then guys going before em, and guys in later rounds continuing to do what they did in college, making u wonder how they went so late to begin with..etc Shumpert can flat out ball,to say offnesively he is bad, is just stupid, he was ga techs offense, the guy finishes fantastically, he has a sweet looking jumper , despite having some off games, the shot its self looks great, he avg'd almost 3steals per game, and he can dish.. THis kids a basketball player all day long, and just so happens to play insane defense... His offense is ridiculously underrated because of his 3pt shooting pct...
mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:55 am (total posts: 1)
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The Knicks need athleticism and defense. Shumpert provides athleticism and defense. If that's "meh", I'll take "meh" all day. Landry Fields was "meh", too.
nycsportzfan 06-24-2011 06:07 am (total posts: 2)
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people say typical horrible knicks Ya, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, and Landry Fields were so bad, shoot i'll even throw nate robinson in there, he wasen't bad either.. Its a hit and miss proscess, and they've hit as well as missed..

2011-12 Season Summary:
It was a tale of two halves for the Knicks this past season. They made a coaching change nearly two-thirds into season, showing Mike D�Antoni the door while bringing in former Hawks� head coach Mike Woodson. After starting 18-24 under D�Antoni, the team responded to the switch, going 18-6 with Woodson patrolling the sidelines. He was deservedly rewarded and inked a multi-year extension to remain in the Big Apple.

That was hardly the major storyline for the 2011-2012 Knicks. "Linsanity" swept the globe as Jeremy Lin came from nowhere to provide a the team a tremendous spark, bring some stability to the point guard position, and become the hot topic in all of sports. "Linsanity" quickly fizzled out though when he couldn�t keep up his hot start (partially due to the return of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire from injury) and then missed the final month of the season and playoffs due to a knee injury.

Questions remained about the super duo of Carmelo and Amare. Both guys were banged up throughout the season, and the chemistry issue remained a concern as they are labeled more selfish players who don�t exactly mesh well with their teammates. Tyson Chandler did what he was brought to New York to do: provide some physicality and a rim-protecting big man in the middle. Chandler was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year (but somehow was a Second-Team All-Defensive member.)

Besides Lin, the Knicks received a massive boost off the bench from sharpshooter Steve Novak, who lit it from deep and gave them a needed three-point threat from deep. Rookie Iman Shumpert and second-year player Landry Fields were steady role players on the wing, while J.R. Smith, who was brought in midway through the season after his contract expired in China, also added to the punch off the bench.

With all that said, the team failed to meet expectations. The Knicks finished slightly better than they did the previous year and were ousted from the playoffs in the first round. In a city that is striving for a championship-caliber basketball team, more is needed from this group (especially Amare and Carmelo), and it will be interesting to see if Woodson can continue getting a high level of play from this group of players like he did the final 24 games of the year.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Tyson Chandler/Josh Harrellson/Jerome Jordan

PF: Amare Stoudemire

SF: Carmelo Anthony

SG: *Landry Fields/Iman Shumpert/#J.R. Smith (PO)

PG: *Jeremy Lin/Toney Douglas

NBA Free Agents:

*PG-Jeremy Lin (RFA)

*G/F-Landry Fields (RFA)

#SG-J.R. Smith

SF-Steve Novak (UFA)

PG-Baron Davis (UFA)

PG-Mike Bibby (UFA)

PF-Jared Jeffries (UFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $61.8 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. What�s Lin Worth?: The Jeremy Lin free agency issue is complicated. However, the case remains that the Knicks will have to pony up some cash to keep "Linsanity" in New York. As it stands right now, the team can only use its mid-level exception to bring him back which would severely hinder New York's options in free agency.

If the Players� Union wins an arbitration hearing scheduled for June 13th, then the Knicks can re-sign Lin (and Steve Novak for that matter) and also retain the use of their mid-level. Just how much will the team be willing to pay Lin and how much will he be asking for in the offseason?

2. Shooter: It is possible that both Novak and J.R. Smith could leave via free agency, which would create a major need for a shooter who can stretch the floor and open things up inside for Carmelo and Anthony. With little cap flexibility in free agency, the team will need to find a low-priced replacement which won�t be easy.

3. Find Bargains: Piggybacking off the last sentence in No. 2, the Knicks don�t have the cap space to lure in a major free agent and only have one second-round draft pick. They will have to take the �Heat Approach� and find some low-priced veterans who can fill roles throughout the roster, similar to what New York did last year with Novak, Smith, Baron Davis, and Mike Bibby.

This is a difficult task to take on, but the team will have do this for the next three summers since Anthony, Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler are eating up practically all its cap space.

4. Frontcourt Depth: Right now, Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan are the only backup post players on the Knicks roster. ... that�s not good. Especially with the always prevalent possibility of an Amare injury, the Knicks needs to find some frontcourt depth to help limit their Big 3�s minutes.

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