This insistence on going after these backcourt players (non of which can defend) seems to point to us not expecting Shump to be in the rotation
as it is we have TD,Feilds,Bibby and Shump
so why all this attention on players like Davis and Crawford? non of them represent an immediate impact for us
our main focus should be trying to grab either a backup for Melo (ie. Shawne Williams) or Stat , not saying our backcourt is ideal, its just simply jammed at this point! and again we are not going after players who upgrade our situation in the backcourt.
I like what Glen has done so far, kinda confused about the focus on Crawford and Baron tho.
Without any game experience and just going off workout and college highlights I would take him over both Crawford and Baron Davis and I suspect he will be starting over Feilds by the end of the season
We can't know what we have in Shump until we see him play actual NBA games
This shortened season is going to be crazy, we are going to need more depth or every player is going to be exhausted by the time the playoffs roll around
I think everyone is enamored with the unknown.
When we needed bigs for rebounding and defense we assumed whoever wasa big on our roster could get starter minutes and they were the answer.
Now that we need a PG we assume we have one in Shump. I think that's normal wishful thinking. But...
Now that time has run out on future plans etc... we are in must win now mode. I can see MOA not wanting to experiment with this squad in his last year.
He wants something definite instead of assuming a new guard can come in and pick up the system quick.
That's why he tapped TD to be the starter over Bibby and why Shump would really have to be ahead of the curve and impress to crack the rotation.
B-diddy presents a viable passing option (avg 6+ assists) and should be hungry. Its not a knock on Shump. We need depth for all those back-to-backs, and 3 in 4 days games.
Shump fills a needed roll in MOA's system because he provides the ability to guard multiple positions and we all know MOA plays players out of natural position and values defensive guys who guard multiple positions...
Yet he will always defer to offensive skill sets first.
Shump will show everything he has, its just about making the team better. Cant put the Dice on a rookie when you can have known goods.
I don't think the Knicks are going to sign neither Davis or Crawford. Crawford already turned down a contract and the sign and trade looks doubtful. Baron Davis is having severe back problems which might make the Knicks hesitant to sign, and plus he has to be waived.
Shawne Williams was offered a contract and now weighing his options from the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Mavs, and Heat. Other teams offered more money, but we will find out tomorrow. The Knicks are also looking to sign Jerome Jordan.
I don't see Shump at all as a PG!! I see him as a SG soley.
I actually mentioned Feilds as well in the potential backcourt logjam and he is clearly not a PG nor do I think Crawford is a PG
What I am saying is that we are going after backcourt players when we cleary have a few options there (and I did not mention Bill Walker) so that begs the question do we not realize we have a real player in this kid.
In terms of him being an "unknown", that could be said for any of the rookies in terms of not being able accuratley gauge how they are going to be as a pro, true there is not much to go on with Shumpert besides his Lockout League experience (which was one of the best of all rookies there) but we are coming off a year when we had a strong rookie outing from Feilds (who Miike Dantoni dismissed immdediatley but his brother who coached him in Summer League convinced him he had a player) so why would you not put more stock in the player you drafted?
Look more times then not I would dismiss this as a couch who does not want to put too much pressure on a rookie, but....Mike D has a track record of not recognizing young talent if their offense is not off the charts spectacular at first glance, in particular their jump shot.
Passed on Rondo due to a lack of a jump shot and like I said had to be sold on Feilds, so I just wonder has he already began to look past Shump?
Crawford is a lost cause, and Maurice Evans is being looked at.
NNY, Shump is a rookie! Either we are or aren't a playoff bound team that wants to be a contender.
If you think you're a contender, you don't roll into the season resting hopes on completely unknown entities....Simple as that.
Adding Crawford, and Baron, give us known quantities, and true depth.
No offense, but some of the names you've trotted out (Billy Walker) are just trash....if you consider yourself a legit playoff team and contender.
And I like Walker. I like Shump.
But you're thread title even says "we don't realize what we have in Shump"....
Broheem.....*YOU* don't know what you have in Shump, in any meaningful way.
Right now we have some young combo guards, a guard/sf in Fields, and Bibby. Shump isn't defined as either a PG or a SG at this point in his career.
We're looking to add, on the cheap, a veteran SG and PG.
We don't have a lot of depth at *any* of our guard spots -- don't confuse volume with reliability and true depth.
Getting Crawford and Baron would be hugely positive moves; and if anything protect the value of a Shumpert, where he can develop his skills at his pace, and play a valuable positive role on the team maximizing what he can vs getting thrown to the wolves and failing.
its not that were not confident in him, its that were trying to make our team deeper. lets face it having crawford come off the bench as the 6th man makes us a much more lethal team. and that allows shumpert to take his time with his offense and mainly help out on D, when he's ready he'll beast. maybe even from the get-go. Deep teams win championships and crawford adds depth thats why i want him so bad
Consider the MOA offense takes time to master; consider MOA is a lame duck coach, and the other current PG options and he's number three behind TD and Bibby. That's his natural position, not where you feel or MOA may decide to play him.
MOA is quoted as saying he expects much from Fields, who supposedly worked on his jumper. Fields will start at the 2.
If Shump performs better than either TD, Bibby, or Fields, make no mistake, not only will that be a feat, but MOA will start him or get him minutes off the bench.
And B-Diddy would be the best PG option we have also (if healthy). Those wouldn't just be depth signings, but upgrades.
Again IF Shump can prove he can do better, more power to him. That would be a hell of a draft pick.
Look at Shump as probably (currently) a poor-mans Wilson Chandler in our system; who hopefully has handle and decision making to grasp the system and run the point. If he can do that better than anyone mentioned
WE WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP.
Does Shumpert have the handling and court vision to be a starting PG?
This is why we are pursuing Baron Davis and offered Barea a contract which he rejected.
I believe Shumpert has better court vision than TD, because frankly TD has no court vision.
We can go with a one year option at the point, a veteran presence to replace Chauncey's role. Let Shumpert come into his own and we'll see if he is better at the 1 or 2. Hopefully Shumpert can show to be a good PG so we can bench Douglas and play Fields, if Fields is improving.
Give us a big lineup
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