The New York Knicks acquired two new players that have been in a decline in recent years. However, the Knicks are hoping that a new team will allow power forward Andrea Bargnani and small forward Metta World Peace to shine. There is no question both players could help New York compete in 2013-14. However, will their presence be enough for the Knicks to make some noise in the playoffs?
Bargnani has missed 82 games over the past two years, which is a big reason why he has been unable to perform at a high level. With that being said, the fact that he has shown a tremendous amount of talent in his career gives New York confidence that can be a difference maker for them, especially since he is only 27 years old.
“Andrea brings a unique skill set with unique size,” Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said, according to USA Today Sports. “He is a player who will hopefully cause difficulties for other teams as they try to match up with us on defense. We think he’ll blend well with other veterans we have on the team. His skills will help us be a more successful team.”
There is no doubt Bargnani will cause all sorts of problems for other teams if he can stay healthy. A lineup with Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Bargnani could be detrimental. Not to mention, the Knicks will be a force to be reckoned with anytime Amar’e Stoudemire and Bargnani are on the court at the same time.
World Peace is someone that could prove to be even more productive than Bargnani. He is a very physical player who will provide an offensive punch and a solid defensive presence off the bench. He is someone that head coach Mike Woodson will use with great confidence.
“He was a missing piece to our team,” Grunwald told USA Today Sports. “We had no true three-man other than (Carmelo Anthony). He gives us versatility and flexibility to play different ways: big or small. He’ll add a lot to our team.”
It will be interesting to see how well the Knicks perform with the new additions.