Fields hustles and plays passable defense but let's be honest he's simply not quick enough to guard a person like Dwyane Wade.
If we start a backcourt of Billups and Fields then we get torched by anybody who has an athletic SG or PG who can drive to the basket. Could you imagine the damage that Derrick Rose would do to our team if we started Billups and Fields at the backcourt positions?
We got Shumpert so we could STOP the trend of opposing backcourt players crapping 30 PPG against us. I like Fields but I just don't see him being an effective defender against the likes of Rose/Eric Gordon/etc.
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"Fields briefly lost his starting job last Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats, as D’Antoni opted to start Toney Douglas in his place. Fields had his best game in two weeks coming off the bench: he finished with 16 points in 34 minutes. He was active all night, getting to the line 12 times and pulling down six rebounds."
So we can safely say that Fields has had good games coming off the bench. Which makes me think that if he does start this year, eventually he will be on the bench during the season.
-to answer your response on Douglas....I will be surprised if Douglas really improves his passing ability. Court vision is part of an offensive IQ and Toney just doesn't have it. Douglas is also horrible at hitting players with accurate passes in transition. So many times Douglas would have a clear advantage on a fast break and he would just miss an open shooter on the outside or completely miss someone cutting to the basket. This is a serious problem. I don't know if something like that can be fixed in one year. Which is why I think Iman Shumpert will take over as the back up PG with Douglas getting minutes more at the SG spot when Billups and Shumpert are running the point.
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I like the fact the Knicks have options, and I can see TD as the starting sg. He can spread the floor better with his 3 point shooting ability making the starters very strong. Still feel Fields should start but that might change during the season. Its nice to see the Knicks have options can't wait to see the Knicks in action, this lockout is lame.
Surprise no one is backing up Bill Walker. I don't think he will start but he at least deserves to be mentioned.
Landry Fields hands down. He is a perfect role player. Anyone who has said differently has forgotten how real the rookie wall is. He struggled, for sure, in the second half of the season. However, have people forgotten how marvelous his first half of the season was?
And, even despite his poor second half, he still led all guards in rebounding.
The kid is only going to get better. He deserves to be there. The other players fit more of the backup roles. Shumpert is a defensive "shooting" guard who can't shoot, nor does he possess the basketball acumen of Fields... TD is a good sixth man off the bench, who is too small to play the 2 spot. Billy Walker is... well... Bill Walker. Can hit some shots and heat up, but he's not a starter...
Landry is exactly what the team needs in that spot. There was talk of ROY (if not for Blake Griffin).
Any one who says differently just has short memories.
LANDRY! The Half Blood Prince!
I understand that a lot of fans got down on him after the Melo trade. He was the odd man out of the game plan because his game didn't really have a definitive role from day one: intangibles not being a facet of any game plan. When the starting 5 changed from 1 ball dominant player to 2, Landry was merely a cutback, and his offence suffered from the abrupt unfamiliarity.
Once chemistry is found between him, Melo, STAT and Billups, I expect a full return to previous form. As LJ said, Melo needs to incorporate Landry in to his own game for both of them to be more effective. That was the chief reason for Landry's decline as the season closed.
Fields V Shumpert: The starting role goes to the player with experience on and off the court - off the court as in travel, familiarity with self preparation etc. If Iman shines brighter, let him take the reigns mid-season. Certainly a WAY TOO EARLY call to say that he's ready to step in. IMO, he should run the 2nd unit point with Toney at the 2 and guard, as SSj4 stated, the dominant offensive back-court opponent.
SMH at people making any kind of definitive statements about Iman Shumpert, have you seen him play anything useful yet? He doesn't have a strong basketball acumen, he can't shoot? Based on what? Based on draft reports that he needed to improve his perimeter game? Sure there were those reports, but he's had plenty of time to improve, and has videos online proving he has worked at least long enough to get a short video where he's shot pretty well. Uncontested jumpers at practice does not prove greatness, but on the flip side a low percentage when he was often taking poor shots as the star of a college team doesn't mean low percentages for us, when he'll be asked only to take good shots with Anthony and Stoudemire around. I'm not saying he should start game one, my point is people are making judgements pretty quick, and hopefully he surprises some of you by being the real deal. As a side note, I hope we can actually put some games away so some lower bench players can get more garbage time, I want to see Andy and Bill play more, but obviously not my choices in tight games.
"Tough times don't last forever, tough people do"
I had to plead the 5th this summer at the mention of the Knicks
postseason games in the Barber-Shop or with friends and relatives.
The Boston Celtics is a helluva well coached team with All-Star
players at PG, SG, and SF who been "jellin" well as "starters and
finishers" for the past 4 playoff seasons.
It is unfair to evaluate rookie Fields or 2nd season Douglas performance
vs a well organized ex-championship team in a series with an unorganize
bum-coach Dantoni depending on PG-Chuancy Billups to call all the shots.
Chuancy Billups outstanding performance in the first game of the
playoff showed us he was worth every penny of the $14M in this
The Knicks first 3 guards on the court will be Billups, Fields, and TD.
Rookie Iman Shumpert will be challenging final contract season Walker
for playingtime as the 4th guard in the rotation.
The Knicks should suprise everyone by signing two FA centers when
the lockout ends.....C-Kwame & C-Jason Collins asap.
They will be easy to sign to 1 year contracts, plus C-Kwame & PF-Turiaf
were teammates on the Lakers, and C-Collins & PF-Stat were teammates
on the Suns. These two FA could give the Knicks a huge-edge in the
upcoming season for a spot in the ECF.
has went over-board on Iman Shumpert workouts.
Then again, last offseason I too was "over-hyped" after watching 4
summer league games of Landry Fields (veteran performance). But I
did not want Landry Fields to be a Starter lastseason....I thought we
wouldve been bright enough to trade All-Star David Lee for a starting
SG (Monta Ellis), when both Stat & Felton commited to signing with the Knicks.
The oportunity was there to have a 2010-11 starting lineup of....
PG-Felton, SG-Ellis, SF-Chandler, PF-Stat, and C-???.....
but dum-dum Walsh & Dantoni put more effort into Bamboozling this Knicks
team on purpose the past 3 seasons then clueless Isiah did in trying to win
more then 23 games a season.
Still Fields is to blame for his poor perimeter defense. I just don't want you saying his defense is exceptional or on the same level as Toney Douglas, because frankly it isn't.
If it was then Allen would not drained every shot from downtown in every game. Allen would have been contested, somewhat, and his 3 point fg% wouldn't have been as high.
Fact is Fields failed to cover Allen and not only did we suffer, we got massacred by a mid 30 year old sharp shooter who wasn't contested. Not acceptable and not the exceptional defense honors award.
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Not to say this will happen but there might be a chance of a return of Jamal Crawford. Least likely and don't need him but still relates to the Knicks sg question.
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BY Frank Isola
Jamal Crawford, who could love nothing more than to rejoin the Knicks when a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized, will apparently have new representation when he officially becomes a free agent.
According to a person close to the former Knicks shooting guard, Crawford has parted ways with his longtime agency, Goodwin Sports Management, and is seeking a new agent.
The Goodwin brothers, Aaron and Eric, have maintained a good relationship with the Knicks, particularly when Isiah Thomas was in charge. It was Thomas who orchestrated a sign-and-trade with the Bulls to originally acquire Crawford. Thomas also made a draft day trade for another Goodwin client, Nate Robinson.
The Goodwin's top client is Kevin Durant. The Goodwins, based out of Seattle, for obvious reasons have dominated that market for years. They represented former Sonics guard Gary Payton. They were also LeBron James' first agent before James left for CAA.
Crawford, 30, has been one of the NBA's top sixth men the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Last season, he averaged 14.2 points, his lowest scoring average in 10 seasons. However, he did help Atlanta reach the second round of the playoffs.
If the Knicks wanted to acquire Crawford, they likely would have to work out a sign-and-trade with Atlanta, which is unlikely. In November, when asked about possibly returning to New York, Crawford said, "Why not? I don't think the trade was personal. It was all about 2010 and the players you can possibly get. I love Atlanta. I want to work out an extension here, but if I become a free agent it's not the end of the world."
"I'll definitely listen," Crawford added. "If the extension isn't working out, I would definitely listen for sure. I would meet with them."
The Nets are a possibility also, since New Jersey could use a scorer.
Didn't want to make another thread about this because this is not much to say.
I liked Crawford when he was on the Knicks but it did annoy me watching him constantly put up bad shots. Played well for the Hawks, last season wasn't his best.
Just for fun
I would like to see if you guys could think of a way to make this happen. (most likely losing one or two guards)
What role you think he will have?
How will this help or hurt the Knicks?
Is it worth it?
You can't put that on Landry Fields. To quote Toney Douglas, "Ray Allen do what Ray Allen do."
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