Today the New York Knicks acquired guard Ronnie Brewer from FA. Adding more depth and a defensive presence to their roster. Chicago opted out of Brewer’s last year of his contract with the team, giving the Knicks the privilege to pick up his $4.3 million dollar option for the 2012-2013 season. Last season Ronnie Brewer avg. 6.9 ppg, and 3.5 rbg in nearly 25 minutes with the Bulls.
Ronnie Brewer isn’t the only player who joined the Knicks this offseason
Jason Kidd, an 18 year vet, who agreed to a 3 year $9 million dollar deal, was the starting PG for the 2011 NBA champ Dallas Mavericks. He is reunited with that championship team’s starting center Tyson Chandler. Kidd last season avg 6.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, and 4.1 rpg. Is he the Starting PG now after Lin’s departure?
I believe that goes to the other PG they picked up this off season, Raymond Felton, who avergaed 11.4 ppg and 6.5 apg last season. Felton has played with the New York Knicks in the 2010-2011 season for 54 games before he was traded to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony. New York remembers Raymond Felton’s heroic plays he made before he was shipped to Denver, like hitting a step back 3 pointer for the win against the Toronto Raptors.
Some would say the Knicks did a great job not picking up Lins contract. $25 million is alot for a guy who averages 11 shots a game at the PG position. That takes away shots from your star players like Carmelo, Amare, and Tyson.. (who I believe he needs to get more involved on offense.) They need guys at the PG position who are coming up the court looking to pass the ball to the star players and 3 point shooters like Smith and Novak.
Also to join the team is Marcus Camby, on July 11th he was involved in a sign and trade for Tony Douglas (Go ahead and Cheer NY fans), Josh Harrellson, and Jerome Jordan. Marcus will be backing up Tyson Chandler. NY hopes he can put up the numbers he did for Houston at the end of the 2012 season.. 7.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, and 1.5 bpg. Camby is another player who doesn’t demand the ball, just grabs rebounds and contests shots at the rim.
With Mike Woodson being the head coach. He has a chance to coach the Knicks through a training camp, a FULL off season, and 82 games this year. Knicks fans hope they can pull for a top 4 seed in the east and get homecourt in the first round. To make that dream a reality, the newly aquired players will have to affect the game without scroring the ball. They have to hustle hard, play defense, get assist, and knock down their open shots! To compete for a championship, you need depth off the bench and you have to play team defense… Looks like NY is heading in the right direction!