The always entertaining Metta World Peace will be taking his talents from L.A. to New York this season, after the Los Angeles Lakers amnestied him this offseason. The outspoken World Peace will join his hometown New York Knicks in what may be the final destination in his illustrious and controversial career. He is sure to garner a lot of attention off the court, but it’s what he does on the court that really matters to the team. Here’s what to expect from World Peace next season.
It is unclear whether Mike Woodson plans on starting World Peace or bringing him off the bench. Clearly, World Peace would have a more prominent role if he starts, but either way he can still contribute for the Knicks this season. He is a streaky offensive player and quite a solid defender. I think at this point, he’s best suited backing up both forward spots, but the decision is clearly not my own.
Last season, World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds on 40 percent shooting and 34 percent from deep. World Peace is streaky offensively, especially from the three-point line. He will make a great offensive play and follow it up by throwing a ball 20 rows into the stands. Knicks fans will need to learn to accept this; it’s a part of what makes Metta World Peace, Metta World Peace. He can contribute on offense, as long as you don’t ask him to do too much.
On defense, World Peace is still solid. He has noticeably lost a step on the perimeter and cannot guard the quick guards that he used to, but at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, he remains as strong as an ox. His strength gives him the ability to defend the post and rebound effectively. For these reasons, I think he would be best utilized as a post defender.
World Peace still has something left in the tank for the Knicks. Offensively, he isn’t very consistent, but has his moments. Defensively, his strength is a valuable asset. However the Knicks decide to use him, you’ll want to stick around for the ride, because it is sure to be an entertaining one.