In the second and final part of this two part series, I will analyze the forwards and centers that have been added to the New York Knicks roster this off-season. I will be breaking down what they can bring to the Knicks this upcoming season and what fans expectations should be for them.
The Knicks added a mix of a few different pieces from veterans to guys proving themselves, so it will be interesting to see if they can contribute this upcoming season.
Camby is not the player he once was, but still is very talented and one of the better centers coming off the bench in the league. Camby will bring defensive intensity and be able to pickup where Tyson Chandler leaves off when subbed out. We may also see Camby play some power forward alongside Chandler forming a very formidable defensive and rebounding oriented Power Forward/Center combination. Camby also still has a respectable mid range jump shot and can help to spread the floor which Chandler can’t do.
I expect Camby to get a lot of minutes and be a huge contributor for the Knicks this upcoming season. He will be a big part of what Mike Woodson wants to do on the defensive end of the court.
White was at one point destined to be a star. He was a High School All-American and looked to be in the mold of a Vince Carter/Tracy McGrady type swingman. After a less than stellar college career at Cincinnati and failed attempts to make it in the NBA, White will most likely have his last chance with the Knicks. He is known to most as a youtube sensation for his dunks earlier in his career and still has tons of athleticism and as inferred to previously a lot to prove.
I’ve always been a big James White fan and hope that he can finally right the ship on his career but wouldn’t count on it. With addition of Ronnie Brewer and the eventual return of Iman Shumpert, there will not be enough minutes for White to play.
Thomas comes back to the Knicks and will make many longtime fans happy to see both him and Camby back in the uniform once again. They both remind Knicks fans of a better time, when the team was successful and championship contenders. Kurt’s role on the team will be interesting to see. He will definitely get garbage minutes and get a huge cheer every time he checks into the game much like Herb Williams at the end of his career. However, I don’t see Thomas being a large contributor throughout the season but he will most likely have a few nice moments in spotted playing time.
Much like the addition of Chris Smith, I don’t really understand the addition of Chris Copeland. Smith and Copeland seem like guys that won’t be able to contribute and do not have a very high potential. Copeland did not look very impressive in Summer League play either. The thing I don’t understand is why not sign another veteran who can be a mentor to fill out a roster or take a chance on a guy like Andray Blatche, a guy with tons of potential. I don’t expect to see Copeland on the court this year unless there are several injuries.