I was just wondering what my fellow P&T'ers thought about how successfull we were during the offseason since it is coming to a close....obviously we were all a little dissapointed that James took his talents to south beach but that would have been too easy...and good teams are built through patience...intelligence..and luck. But since the chips have fallen, what grade would u give our club.
Firstly I would like to show you the roster we had at the conclusion of last season (Listed in their primary ideal positions)
Lets look and reflect on this roster....we only had 5 or 6 players that i would qualify as productive...on a 12 man roster its no reason why we had a 23-59 record or whatever it was.
Now lets look at the revitalized roster Donnie has provided us loyal knick fans with:
PG: Toney Douglas/Raymond Felton
SF: Danilo Gallinari/Wilson Chandler/Bill Walker/Landry Fields??
PF: Amar'e Stoudemire/Anthony Randolph
Now this is a roster i feel confident with. We have a superstar in STAT, a rising star in gallo, the untapped potentials of not only AR but Felton (A Larry Brown offense doesnt suit felton, his potential will be reached in NY), and hopefully some improvement from wilson chandler. Now finally we have players than can run and shoot...which are two key things that were missing from last years team but is crucial to a pringles offense. We also have a chance to build the comroderie and chemistry of a team. All the newcomers are saying the right things and seem eager to turn some heads. They exude confidence and as a fan i am now confident.
P.S.:I have a feeling they will surprise people defensively, but they will get no credit because the knicks will play at a faster pace than most teams (and since when did ESPN or NBATV give the knicks some credit for anything for that matter).
This summer was supposed to be the summer to transform us into contenders overnight. While this didn't happen, we are drastically improved, and have a clearer direction. Now we have bonafide advantages on the floor which is something we missed since the houston/spree/camby/JVG days. I am also quite impressed that donnie wasn't
too irresponsible with his funds and we still have flexibility in the future.
Therefore i have to give the knicks a B+. We arent contenders which is what i was hoping for, however we are a 5-7 seed, we are young with loads of talent with guys that actually feel wanted and that want to play together, and the flexibility to add a major piece. We may not be contenders overnight but metaphorically speaking we will be contenders by the end of the week.
What do you guys think?