A healthy Kurt Thomas.
Neither guy block shots.
Knicks finished last in the NBA in blocked shots.
Very weak in interior defense and OPP FG%.
You can expect Amare, Andrea and Tyson to play 24-26+ minutes at LEAST and 32 minutes at MOST in between each other.
Chandler isn't the DPOY he once was, now an average NBA defend at best...I know he was injured but we'll see if he can recover and get back to his intense playing style. He was very soft in 2013.
A healthy Kurt Thomas.
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They talk up the perimeter defense of Shump, and Artest, who both have to literally be vacuum-sealed to their man, because there's no help on the back end. Then when the perimeter defense starts breaking down, they'll say the team needs to "gel" and come together because of the new pieces.
The Knicks getting cooked inside will be glossed over.
Guess if I was simple in the mind...everything would be fine.
I dont see Tyson as starter anymore but this is just mine word Woody have own
Bargniani can block much better than Tyson
Stat playing no D and his frustration when he will be keeping ball "hands down"
I've been wondering that since they traded for Bags. The only thing Woody can do is let the opposing team score 105 points and hope the Knicks score 106.
Our acquisitions don't address our needs but they do help or strengths... like novak wasn't guarding anyone either. And bargs may be a bad defender but his defense is still an upgrade over novak. And mwp perimeter d is above what we got from kidd and he can contribute more then kidd at 40 years old can. Yeah we still have deficiencies but mwp and bargs still make us better. Yall are gonna be surprised at bargs I'm telling yall....
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Chandler was injured, played too many minutes per game, had too little team support, and could never afford to foul out of games, which made him too worn down and passive.
I am expecting better team defense and considerably more backup for Chandler than last year.
In particular, with Shumpert at the SG and MWP on the floor, I expect less switching on screens and fewer guards breaking us down, which will mean fewer rotations inside, and better interior defense overall as a result. Hardaway can also potentially help us in this regard as well.
Team blocks last year ranged from 3.2 Miami to 6.9 Bobcats. The Knicks were at 4.0.
Bargnani's defense improved last year, and might improve even more under Woodson. His best year in Toronto, he blocked 1.4 shots per game which is not terrible. I think with some focus and work, as well as a better system, he could get that closer to 2 per game. However, even if Chandler and Bargnani average only 1.5 blocks per game each , and Stat and Martin close to 1 each, and everyone else close to 1 total, that would mean somewhere in the realm of 5-6 blocks per game for the team, which is very respectable.
Stat is not great with the defensive footwork and rotations, but can block shots. I actually like Jerome Jordan defensively, and think he is under-rated offensively. I would have liked to see us land Dalembert, but Tyrus Thomas is still worth a look IMHO (or some other backup shot blocker). I am less sure about Jeremy Tyler and Earl Barron defensively, although they do provide us with some offensive options we lack otherwise. At worst whatever younger backup bigs we select, they still provide Chandler with some minutes on the bench.
That means Chandler can play much more aggressively for fewer minutes which should make him more effective when he is on the floor.
Even with Chandler playing his best defense, probably is...Tyson is not a shot blocking center.
So we will look to Martin and Bargnani to be our shot blockers?
I don't know how comfortable I feel with that.
OKC has Ibaka/Perkns
Miami has Chris Anderson/Joel Anthony...even Wade, LeBron and Bosh get involved defensively with the interior defense.
Nets have Brook Lopez and Garnett next to him
Bulls have Joakim Noah/Taj Gibson
Rockets have Dwight Howard and ASIK...jesus.
Warriors have Andrew Bogut
Clippers have DeAndre Jordan...Pistons have Andre Drummond
even the Bucks have Larry Sanders...Hornets got Anthony Davis...I can go on and on, it seems like the Knicks will finish last in shot blocks this season.
Metro .... there is one thing u left out in this thread, "how many minutes will Melo play at the 4 spot per game?".
Having Melo at the 4 spot for 30 minutes per game makes the Knicks an offensive team, with little to no-defense at all when we will add a no-defensive talent JR.smith to the rotation to average 30 minutes too.
We will have several players in our main rotation lineup, who has never committed to team-defense in their NBA career at a consistent basis, this makes the best defensive players on the team look like ****T.
C-Tyson Chandler gives us 28 solid minutes of low-post defense on a consistent basis.
PF-Kenyon Martin gives us 28 solid minutes of low-post defense on a consistent basis.
SF-Meta World Peace gives us 28 solid minutes of defense on the perimeter, man to man, and low post.
SG-Iman Shump gives us 30 solid minutes of perimeter & man to man defense.