With the Knicks injury concerns throughout the 2012/13 season being well documented it has been made clear that perhaps being the oldest team in NBA history may not have paid off. The recent and relatively unexpected retirement of Rasheed Wallace as well as the recent departure of Kurt Thomas has given the Knicks organisation room to ‘top-up’ and that is exactly what they have done.
Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Marcus Camby as well as the previously mentioned and recently released Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas are all Knicks big men who have been out of action in the lead up to the playoffs, which has obviously become a concern for the Knicks.
Recently acquired Quentin Richardson and Earl Barron have both spent time in the NBA at different organisations and both have somewhat of a reputation within the league. As well as this, both haveexperience as a New York Knick.
Richardson is a 33 year old 6’6 small forward, however his versatility and defensive aggression has, at times allowed him to play multiple positions. Over his career with the LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic Richardson averaged 10.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg while shooting at .397 from the field and .355 from the three point line.
Barron is a 31 year old 7ft 2450 pound Center who knows how to rebound the ball and also has a reasonable baby jump shot! Over his career with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.7rpg, however it should be noted that in his last season with the Knicks (09-10) Jones averaged 11.7ppg and 11 rpg which, after his recent return to New York bringing and 18 rebound performance may just mean that this guy loves being a Knick. Some may scoff at the idea but Raymond Felton is a perfect example of a player who flourishes in the New York Lime Light.
Now although each of these players are over the age of 30, unfortunately Barron has no playoff experience within the NBA and has actually only spent 6 years in the league. Richardson on the other hand has been to the playoffs four times and has managed to average 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2 apg and 0.9 stlpg which is a great sign for the Knicks with the upcoming playoff run.
Now the ultimate question, will the top-ups pay off?
well considering that realistically both Richardson and Barron are on the Knicks roster to fill a void and complete the bench then yes I believe they will pay off. It is not a reasonale expectation to expect these guys to come in and to on a huge role within the Knicks roster, also if the Knicks get healthy guys back in the mix then the new recruits will most likely not see any court time. If that does not occur the Knicks now have two experienced guys who know how to play their role and do it well.
Time will tell how deep the Knicks playoff aspirations run but one thing is for sure with the depth and talent the Knicks have they are sure to intimidate any team they come up against.
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