The Possibilities are Endless!January 12, 2010
With the New York Knickerbockers playing better ball than fans have seen them play in the last six years, and with the free agent signings of 2010 looming, I can’t help but notice the foundation of a powerhouse being formed. A foundation that consists of 3 young, but solid players who seem to improve by the second.
David made a real name for himself last year as the cornerstone of this Knicks team. He was snubbed from the All-Star game, but ended the season with more double-doubles than any other player, including Dwight Howard. This year Knicks fans are seeing much of the same, with Lee having a career year averaging 19 points a game along with 11 rebounds. Anyone who knows basketball knows he should and will be representing the East in the ’09-’10 All-Star Game. He’s a double-double machine, who I hope and believe should have a long successful career as a New York Knick.
When the Knicks traded Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway for Steve Francis back in ’06, I wasn’t aware of the nightmares and nausea it was going to cause. Knicks fans got to watch as Steve Francis ran around like a chicken with his head cut off, while Ariza started blossoming into the NBA star he is today(when healthy). Then, a little over a year after that horrendous trade, with the 23rd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Knicks TOTALLY REDEEMED THEMSELVES! They picked Wilson Chandler, who over the last 2 years has proven to be very similar to a young Trevor Ariza, but with a lot more potential. He’s got the same athleticism as Ariza and has shown he can play the same defense but also has a fantastic mid range jumper and can shoot from 3 point range. His contributions to the Knicks, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court, continue to excel at a brisk pace, and early in his 3rd year, he’s becoming a star in NY.
At just 21 years old, Danilo is slowly but surely quieting all of his critics. After hitting a few bumps in the road in his rookie year with back problems and some erratic ball handling issues, Danilo’s potential was in question. This year, however, he has turned a lot of the fans’ frowns, upside down. Galo’s blocks and rebounds have improved dramatically over the past six months and he definitely has a better/more consistent jumper than most expected(including me). Overall, he has proven to be a work horse who is willing to do whatever it takes to win and obviously loves NY and being a Knick.
I know the Knicks small amount of success this year isn’t due to just those three individuals. I know players like Al Harrington, Chris Duhon, Jared Jeffries, and Larry Hughes have made great contributions to the team this year. I just can’t see any of those players on the roster of a SUCCESSFUL 2010-2011 New York Knicks team.
With these three “foundation” players and a plethora of talent to choose from in the 2010 free agent class, the Knicks are on their way! With the addition of a few key components, most importantly a scorer who wants the ball in the final seconds of a tie game(A LEADER), the Knicks will be playoff bound and the sky’s the limit!
I think most of us know who one of those components should be, but even if the Knicks don’t snag “The King”, there’s no reason Donnie Walsh and company shouldn’t be able to assemble a play-off worthy team.
Current Knicks who should be on the 2010-2011 Knick Roster:
David Lee, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Jared Jeffries, Toney Douglas, Jordan Hill.
I’m hoping a miracle will happen and they’ll be able to dump the waste they call Eddie Curry.
Along with the Knicks I listed above, here’s a few Non-Lebron free agent combinations that should help launch the Knicks back into Playoff contention:
Raymond Felton(PG), Joe Johnson(SG), Andrea Bargnani(PF/C)
Dwayne Wade(SG), Carlos Boozer(PF), Paul Pierce(SF)
Steve Nash(PG), Amar’e Stoudemire(PF/C), Marcus Camby(C)
Dirk Nowitzki(PF), Manu Ginobli(SG), Rafer Alston(PG)
Rudy Gay(SF/PF), Randy Foye(PG), Chris Bosh(PF)
Yao Ming(C), Brandon Roy(SG), T.J. Ford(PG)
Match any one of those combo’s to the Knick team already in place, and I can smell the Finals!