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Is there a way that the Knicks could retain both Baron Davis and JR Smith after this season if they contribute to the Knicks going deep into the playoffs?
Humility is a virtue and pride is a vice.
Your starting lineup above can not make defensive-stops.Lin (no backup)
Smith (always been a 6th man) Fields & Shump
Anthony (Jeff & Novak)
Stoudimire (no backup untill Jorts return)
Chandler (no backup)
Honestly thats all you need, 8-9 men core based team.
Adding JR Smith to take Walker's playingtime does not make us contenders,
it does make Walker expendable. We never shouldve signed Bibby/Davis.
Toney Douglas should get playintime with JR Smith to up his trade value.
Landry Fields is a 2nd season complimentary-player on both sides of the court (Keeper).
Lin's many turnovers late in games had teammates step-up their level of
performance for stops in crunchtime. The Knicks 8 wins were from pure defense.
Your 8-9 man core dont have a backup for Lin or Chandler.
In a regular 82 game season u need 10+ players for injury....in this 66 game season
u need all 12 players while running a 9+ man rotation.
Before Lin Sanity arrived three major things stuck out:
We didnt screen/pick/boxout/or show any signs of help-defense, or a design
Melo & Stat did not play a lick of defense while averaging over 35+ minutes
per in 25 games.
Plus we average 33 attempts from 3-ball shootin per game, with Lin we average
25 attempts from the 3-ball line.
Statue for gasol straight up
Calling Fields "Expendable" is a joke. He has played well with lin, and even those that don't feel he is a starter can agree that he is still valuable as a backup sg-sf. He plays hard, rebounds well, scores when he decides to drive, and plays team basketball... oh yeah and hes 23, cheap and we have his early bird rights. I get people that can't stand that he can't hit a 3. I can't stand that he can't hit a free throw. You have to be rational though.
JR Smith is an underrated defender and is 5x better than Fields and should be starting just based on his shooting ability. Fields lack of shooting makes our team smaller in range.
Balkman is a great rebounder and defender.
Stop smelling me.