After releasing journeyman forward Solomon Jones, the New York Knicks added veteran Quentin Richardson to the roster. Richardson last played for the Knicks from 2005-2009 and was most recently released from the Orlando Magic prior to the start of this season. Although Q-Rich brings a tough defensive mindset and a decent three point shot, New York would be in much trouble if they were actually forced to afford Richardson playoff minutes.
With Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby expected to be back for the Knicks’ first round series against the Boston Celtics, New York looked to bolster their perimeter with the addition of Richardson. Q-Rich, however, has not played at all this season, and it is difficult to imagine him being able to get into proper basketball shape and rhythm with only one regular season game left before the playoffs.
In addition to the aforementioned big men, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Jason Kidd, Chris Copeland and Steve Novak will able be vying for minutes in the playoff rotation. It is difficult to imagine Richardson supplanting any of these players, especially if Rasheed Wallace is able to rejoin the team.
The only situation I can imagine Quentin getting minutes is if some members of this aging Knicks squad actually go down with injuries, which is indeed very possible given the plethora of names that have already gone down this year. However, if that were to happen, particularly at the three spot where Richardson plays, that would mean an injury to one of Carmelo, J.R., Shumpert or Copeland, all of whom are integral parts of a potential deep playoff run.
Richardson should see a ton of minutes in the Knicks’ last regular season game against the Atlanta Hawks, and hopefully for New York those will be the only minutes Q-Rich will see.