Nice thread, and posts guys...
The main and obvious problem is failure to adapt. Granted the coach wants to push his system, but his system needs to be tweaked to fit what he actually has. The coach is not on the court (hardly was a baller when he was), what is on the court are players who possess better skills and common knowledge of the game. They are trying to work a system that is not really fashioned for them.
Melo is a scorer, use him to draw double and triple teams…he’s a great passer, let him use his iso every now and then to keep teams honest while resting our teams legs from the constant fast pace of D’ants system. Even in the Indy 500 drivers have to take a pit once in a while…
Stat is a paint baller, get him the ball around the paint where he doesn’t have to dribble the rock more than 2 times. He’s strong and a gifted finisher around the basket and has the knack for picking up and 1’s. PNR’s, back door cuts, ally’s,etc…are his strong points, also helping him to developing a post game presence can help with the spacing, resting of team mates legs, this will also free up team mates for the open 3ball. He is not an outside threat and should never ever be around the perimeter.
Lin is a pass first PG, that alone is a rare commodity. Use him just for that and cut his shots down because he’s not a consistent scorer, he needs to get the ball to his consistent scorers on consistent bases if he wants them to stay hot. If he is going to shoot the ball… it should only be after the second option. If he improves his handle and learns to pass without using his eyes…he’ll excel in any system.
Novak is what he is …an outside threat. Have him around the 3line on the same side as Stat (Stat in the post) to help open up both of their games. If Stat gets doubled, Novocain will be waiting to do what he does best…
Chandler is the board banger, intimidator… the tyrant giant in the middle. He needs to develop chemistry with Stat more than anyone else…as they both will be sharing that paint. Don’t expect him to score much, don’t even look to make him score much…his points come when teams don’t expect him to score. Any points from him are a plus and help exposes weaknesses in the others team interior D. However, if the other team is willing to let him score…feed him.
Shump’s is a combo guard but better at the 2, He’s great at the point for defensive purposes. His game will elevate with time, but as of now you have to manage him carefully, particularly for situations on the D -end. Right now his defensive services and hustle is more important than his scoring. The only time I’ll have him trying to score is when Stat and Melo is on the pine, other than that I would want him to attack the basket only, his shooting is ok but I think the team benefits more when he drives. Having him attack will increase fouls (and 1’s), his slashing always collapses the opponents defense…use Shump for this and have him throw it out to a team mate waiting around the 3 line. Also, a successful drive to the hole will most likely be electrifying…knowing how athletic he is…the Knicks play well after making ShowTime plays.
Fields is a SG/SF. He plays way better when Melo is on the bench. He can just about do it all but becomes stagnated or a rebounder when Melo is in the game. He’s a second unit guy I think can play very well with Lin and JR.
J.R.Smith is the Knicks scoring SG, his familiarity of Melo would be a plus. However, his contributions in that department are best suited coming off the bench. In time he’ll get used to his teammates and fit in well, he’s a baller 4sure.
B.Davis is iffy, but as of now he’s our only true QB. All he has to do is get the ball to his prime receivers and let them do their job. His scoring isn’t there yet, but that’s to be expected. If he’s in the game with Stat and/or Melo he should concentrate on their sweet spots. He’s savvy and handles the rock well enough to confuse the D, but needs to get the D to commit more…this will happen more often when he gets his shot back.
Jorts is a banger, he’s big and will give Chandler some rest and the Knicks some offensive boards. He’s not a true outside shooter, it’s not his makeup, he’ll hit some every now and then but his obvious talents lie around the basket. Once he develops quicker feet and better awareness he’ll be a serious problem for other teams around the paint. He’s big and tuff enough to pick up charges, and wear down the bigs when he’s banging the boards.
J.Jefferies is just a tall lanky scrappy dude who can shadow even some of the smallest PG’s. His confidence as a scorer is shot, but peeks every now and then when he plays within his zone. Meaning, if he’s out there hustling…he seems to naturally find the right spots to receive an easy open shot. If he is stagnated out there he will easily give up the open shot and sink into one of his funks. He relies heavily on the up-tempo game to be of any kind of use, if the game turns into a slow or half court game… he will most likely suck.
T.Douglas is a small defensive guard. His strengths are the 3 ball and defensive awareness, before his shoulder injury he was a penetrator as well, now with little confidence and playing time… his insecurities are clearly seen on his sleeves. If he remains on the team he should show more passion for his teammates and try to improve himself in areas that will make him unique and valuable to a team…being a small guard in this league is not going to be easy. If he regains that’s scrappy D presence he’ll be an asset…on any team.
Bibby is probably washed, but his experience as a passer should still be useful if the Knicks suffer injuries at the point. I’m sure he can also manage our sanitation dept…. when we are fortunate to have some garbage time.
J.Jordan wants to play and badly too. You can see it in his eyes, but the rotation will have to be long if he wants playing time, D’ant has a problem with extended rotations. I also suspect his timing and awareness is not there yet. He still looks a bit timid and/or confuse. He has the skill set, but will need to play more with the Knicks instead of “Erie” if he is expected to gel properly.
Walker is a streaky shooter who will not hesitate to throw it down on you; I’ll use him around the 3line and for driving the hole. He can provide a spark with his hard dunks, plus he has a knack for trash talking and getting into the others teams head. He should be used as an equalizer, the aggressive hitman for fouling and mind games. He can be used both as a valuable and expendable player… depending on the team the Knicks are playing that day.
The units I would use for D’Ants system….knowing how he likes play this game….
1st unit- Lin, Iman, Melo, JJ, Chandler……………..scoring and Defense
2nd unit- Davis, JR, Fields, Walker/Novak, Stat……………………….keeping a steady pace while still providing some offense.
Hustle unit (not always a scoring unit)- Lin, Fields, Walker, JJ, Chandler……..the go,go,go, squad
Half court scoring unit (slowing the game down a bit) Davis, J.R, Mello, JJ, Chandler……this squad can slow the game down and still be effective while allowing our team to rest a bit.
PNR unit – Lin, J.R., Fields, Stat, Chandler………these guys have the best offensive awareness and seem to play the best off of the ball.
Sanitation Department (garbage time) Bibby/Douglas, Shump, Walker, Novak, Jodan/Jorts………..when the game is already in the bag, this group of guys will add some extra highlights to that reel.
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