The New York Knicks Should Still Be Targeting These 5 Key Free Agents
The New York Knicks Should Go After These 5 Players
In 2012, the New York Knicks had a solid season, as they posted a 54-28 record in the competitive Eastern Conference. Though the Knicks have come a long way from their days in the slump, they are still far away from the glory days that defined the Knicks and cemented their place in NBA history.
After their humbling loss to an Indiana Pacers team in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Knicks learned the hard way that they were not a tough enough team, especially on the inside. If the Knicks want to come closer in their quest for an NBA title in June, they need to continue their efforts in targeting these five free agents.
Besides all the glamour and glistening media attention, the Knicks had a big dent in their shiny armor as if Iron Man didn’t have his arc reactor power source in his chest.
During the 2012-13 NBA season, the Knicks frontline was terrible in terms of rebounding and protecting the paint. Although most of the Knicks’ big men spent more time on the bench due to untimely injuries, the team as a whole put in little effort in rebounding the ball.
As the team lost veteran point guard Jason Kidd and forward Rasheed Wallace to retirement, and forward Chris Copeland in free agency, the Knicks have retained most of their roster.
So far, the Knicks have made it a priority in keeping their own talent and also getting tougher with the acquisition of forward Metta World Peace.
The Knicks have done a good job of keeping intact key parts of their team, but will need to go out and make an effort in targeting these five free agents that could be the difference from the Knicks advancing or watching the playoffs on their couches. The clock is ticking.
5. SF Ronnie Brewer
You can never have enough when it comes to hard-nosed players who play their hearts out for their team, which is why the Knicks should target forward Ronnie Brewer.
What Brewer lacks offensively, he makes up defensively with his enthusiasm of playing tight defense. Although the Knicks signed MWP to be that player, they have a track record of having more injured players on the bench than on the actual court.
Depth is everything, and if there is one thing the Knicks should have learned from last year's defeat, it's defense that wins championships, and not isolation plays on offense.
4. PG Mo Williams
After losing Kidd, right now the Knicks depth chart has Raymond Felton as the starter, with Pablo Prigioni as his backup.
While Prigioni was a quality player for the Knicks with his shooting, he lacks the skill and vision of a point guard.
The Knicks should go after Mo Williams, who averaged 12.9 points per game while dishing out 6.2 assists per game for the Utah Jazz in 2012. He is a veteran that knows how to control the game, and this would give the Knicks another scorer that is also a willing passer.
For a team that likes to shoot a lot, the Knicks could use a player who knows how to pass the ball from time to time.
3. PF Lamar Odom
Say what you want about Lamar Odom, but he is still one of the most versatile big men in the NBA today. Though Odom has not been the same player at all since his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, if he can get his mind right, he is a player that is worth having on your team.
Even when Odom’s numbers and stats have been horrendous to the point that people couldn’t believe he was one time a champion, he still possesses the skills that most big men dream of. He can rebound, dribble, pass, defend and most importantly, he would add a whole another dimension to the Knicks.
He is good friends with MWP and has stayed in contact with star forward Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks were able to get Odom and motivate him, he would instantly help the Knicks on both sides of the court.
2. PG Beno Udrih
If the Knicks fail to land Williams, as rumors say that the Miami Heat are the front runners for his services, the backup plan should be going after point guard Beno Udrih.
Udrih would be a great asset to the Knicks, as he is an excellent backup and a good insurance just in case Felton gets injured. He may have lost a step or two, but he still owns one of the prettiest pull up jumpers in the NBA.
He is also a good defender with good passing skills, which are things the Knicks will need to have if they want to get to the next level.
1. C Cole Aldrich
Going into his third year, center Cole Aldrich would be the perfect fit for a Knicks team that needs help on the inside after getting ripped apart by the physical Pacers.
Though Aldrich's stats up to this point haven’t been terrific, standing at 6-foot-11, he is a player that has the skills to make an impact. During his college days, Aldrich was an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, which are two things the Knicks need desperately.
Aldrich would be an excellent backup to the injury-prone Tyson Chandler. The Knicks could use another big body, and last time I checked, quality big men are hard to find.