He was nobody until Sergio Scariolo (Khimki coah and also spanish national team coach -european champion last year) launched him last year.
He's young, talented, but he needs time because of his inexperience.
If Scariolo believed in him it's very positive because he has an incredible basket (and human) knowledge.
STAT CITY is now MOZGOV METROPOLITAN AREA!
I'm getting the feeling that Rautins-Fields-Jordan-Mozgov are all projects.... We'll tuck them away this season and develop them during practice. They can pull a Marcus Landry and play their way into the active roster with hard work.... for sure! But, thes moves are for the future.
Fields is being groomed to take over for Wilson Chandler. Jordan-Mozgov to take over for Turiaf. A jack-of-all-trades type SG/SF, and a powerful-gritty Center. These will be important role players.
Mozgov might be one of these ON THE VERGE type players. One more season abroad might have put him on everyone's radar (if we didn't feel a MIA or something was going for it now). Maybe we buy him early.
Sounds like Mozgov also has the best chance playing now. Well, he and Rautins. I would guess if Curry is traded, or in the D'ant doghouse from Day #1, the Mozgov might see some minutes on nights when Turiaf is in foul trouble.
Amar'e-Randolph-Turiaf are the big-3 PF/C; and there will be times we go smaller and deploy Wilson as the PF. BUt I can see games where we send Mozgov in to clog the paint and bang some bodies.
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The Knicks last night were on the verge of signing 7-foot-1 Russian free-agent center Timofey Mozgov, according to a source. The anticipated three-year,
$9 million deal would eat up the rest of their cap space.
However, the Knicks are still waiting for clearance papers from FIBA and his Russian team, according to the source.
The Knicks worked out the 24-year-old the past week and were hoping word would not get out. The Knicks must pay his Russian team Khimki $500,000.
It was a closely guarded secret they were courting the Russian. Yesterday morning, a team official was asked by The Post about rumors they were ready to sign a 7-foot Russian center and he confirmed it, but would not reveal the name.
"I don't want another team coming in and swooping him up," the official told The Post.
One scout said of Mozgov that he was a proficient inside-outside center, perfect for Mike D'Antoni's system.
He averaged six points and four rebounds in 13 minutes per game last season for Khimki. Though he didn't log a lot of minutes, the standard in Russia is for young centers to be brought along slowly. After the Knicks' post-LeBron James' maneuverings, they had $3.2 million left under the salary cap and needed a center for their roster. They may still have enough left for a minimum signing.
According to a person familiar with the Knicks' thinking, the club will explore trading Wilson Chandler, possibly packaging him with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. The Knicks would love to trade for a premier outside-shooting big man.
Chandler, who has had ankle surgery two straight offseasons, has a contract the Knicks likely will move to be enough under the 2011 salary cap for a maximum contract. The addition of versatile forward Anthony Randolph and swingman Kelenna Azubuike makes Chandler more expendable for a roster lacking size. The Knicks don't believe Chandler can handle shooting-guard duties.
The Knicks have had internal discussions about shooting guard Rasual Butler, but they didn't have enough room. They were looking at centers Theo Ratliff and Tony Battie in case the deal with the Russian didn't work.
"It's not a bad thing not to spend all the money we have under the cap," team president[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]said. "It's early July. We'll spend the rest of the summer looking for ways to improve the team."
goood points, but realistically I believe our rotation will be set in pre season
like you said we have 9-10 prove guys and we have 7 guys who are going to play no matter what
there is your rotation
that right there is a 46-36 team this year
and with no new moves a 51-31 team in 2011.
57-25 team next year.
I like how he can finish at the rim. Obviously hes gonna have to get use to the U.S. and have to work on his game. Top international Free Agent. I hope that is for a very good reason. I would like to see what he develops into.
I'm a bit worried with the history of Dantoni being comfortable with very small, tight roster. Last few years he was throwing different lineups around like crazy. I still think we should have tried to get Rick Adelman (most underrated Coach) instead, but I'm hoping hes learned from watching the Suns play with more of a bench.
That said, this guy looks like another promising project. As long as he plays hard, he'll cover a huge gap in our lineup. We really need a strong big to cover for the matador defense the knicks play. He'll be aan instant crowd favorite if he knocks down Dwade/Bron on a drive.
He's got size and he's pretty athletic. Both extremely valuable things on...what was that thing...oh right DEFENSE
I feel like D'Antoni is going to try to play Amar'e at the 4 which is his more natural position (or wherever he feels comfortable, really). A Jerome Jordan/Mozgav platoon at C seems pretty good and I guess adequate defensively.
I like our chances for next year. Now that we're not letting Chris Duhomo run the point (we've got a legit PG in Raymond Felton - yea he's not AMAZING but he's leaps and bounds above Duhomo) and we've got a roster that can play some defense I think there's something in it for us.
It seems like Darko 2.0
He has been eligiable for Drafts and teams are not bitting.
I know that steals happen all the time, but if his upside was so major then we would not have been the only team pursuing.
It would be nice to believe that our scouts are so great that they had the drop on this kid.....but the fact of the matter is we Drafted Jordan Hill! Point being is we don't know big men too well
If the contract is non-gauranteed then cool, it is well worth the risk.