Please vote in the poll and add any reasoning for your opinion. I'm sure we'd all love to know.
I can't see the poll from my phone but I'd vote for Iman if he's up there. Every great team needs one to two lockdown defenders. I don't expect him to be the same player he once was in January, but I would hope he could provide some sort of a defensive spark.
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Ronnie Brewer .. without question
Brewers talent & skills under coach Sloan & Thib matches up with all 3 of our PG .. Kidd/Felton/Pablo
The X factor always has that potential to be all or nothing. I chose Felton, but him and JR profile perfectly for the X factor role. Such high talent at times and other instances leaving you scratching your head. If Felton can pick up some chemistry with Melo that he has with the rest of our front court and keep our offensive flow he will send this team to an ECF battle.
gotta go with ray, he was our x factor pre melo and flat out was motivated when he played in ny. emerged as our 2nd option behind amare and had a young inexperienced gallo and chandler by his side. we lost some and won some, and he did go on a slump for a while. then when he got shipped out, he looked lost and unwilling to give it his all with his changing roles on different teams.
i feel ray has shown like he wants to play again and already started losing weight. he will now be our 3rd option now with a gunner in melo and amare above him to take away late game pressures. and i expect him to be open alot now with melo going to work and seeing double teams and ray can hit those shots from outside.
I too, wouldve selected JR.Smith or Felton as an X-factor for reason of being known as inconsistent questionable players .. having HOF Jason Kidd to run our guard-rotation for coach Woody, I see Felton performing more as a combo-guard in the rotation (replacing Shumpert), especially when Kidd gets PG-Prig-Pablo up to speed with the team.
JR.Smith career has always been a 20 minute player off the bench.
The Knicks X-Factor the past two seasons were SG-Landry Fields performance as a starter/finisher .. Fields played extremely well for a rookie and 2nd season player without Carmelo Anthony in his lineup.
The 2012-13 season will depend a lot on Brewer's performance as a starter/finisher to co-exist with Carmelo Anthony in a lineup.
Making Brewer's type of SG skills the X-Factor .. being a different type of SG talent from what Carmelo Anthony had in his 9 year career in the NBA.
Brewers SG style could be compared to SG-Bell or SG-Kittles (Amare/Kidd ex-teammates) .. all-defense with quick running layups, or 15 foot jumper SG.
Knick's biggest weakness probably in the entire decade of our failure has been passing and turnovers.
We get one of the all time greats. Not in prime ability, but he still has skills.
I believe we'll rely on Jason Kidd more than we like to believe. He was legit the 2nd best player on Dallas, an elite team in the NBA.
I am looking for coach Woody to make HOF PG-Jason Kidd into our assistant-coach at running/orchestrating our guard-rotation as a player/coach this 2012-13 season.
I give all the 35+ age players big-props for competing in the 2011-12 crazy-game schedual.
Dallas owner Cuban made a big mistake by not offering PG-Berea & C-Chandler a sweet 1 year deal for a short 2011-12 season to defend their Championship.
I'm going with JR Smith. He has the tools to be a game changer
I am going to go with JR Smith lol. He has the tools to be a game changers as Pete just mentioned. The big thing is I think he will come into his own under Mike Woodson. It is going to be hard to keep him out of the game down the stretch due to his ability to play hard D against the opponents top scorer and stretch the court. I think he is going to average around 16 4 3 which will put him in the running for 6th man of the year and 55 plus wins for the home team
It has to be Felton. I don't believe anyone can back on Kidd playing a crap load of minutes at this juncture of his career. The Knicks will need someone to take control when Kidd isn't on the court. A motivated and much slimmer Felton ill expect. But Excluding Amare, I'd pick Ray. But Jr and the others named can be picked as well but Raymond will make the biggest difference
I voted Felton because he's in the prime age of his career and plays the position which has been shaky for us over the last 20 years.