For the record, I'm a Novak fan, but is he becoming a liability to this team?
Over the last few weeks I've noticed how teams have basically shut down Novak and he's starting to look like a mannequin out there standing in the corner waiting for a pass to come his way. Sure he puts up a screen once in a while and helps space out the floor, but his defense is still horrible.
It's already been discussed a few times about putting Copeland in for Novak. Obviously both are poor defenders so that's basically a wash. Novak can only hit 3's or now and then a long 2. Copeland has shown us that he's a damn good 3 pt shooter, can create his own shot, and has effective moves in the paint. He's a legitimate scoring threat from anywhere on the court. I'm curious as to what our forum members think.
Below are some stats over the last few weeks:
Knicks vs. Rockets 12/17
Novak 1-5 33:14 mins played 3 pts
Knicks vs. Nets 12/19
Novak out with Flu
Knicks vs. Bulls 12/21
Novak 0-3 31:24 mins played 0 pts
Knicks vs. Wolves 12/23
Novak 1-3 18:42 mins played 4 pts
Knicks vs. Lakers 12/25
Novak 1-2 15:13 mins played 3 pts
Knicks vs. Suns 12/26
Novak 1-3 27:32 mins played 3 pts
Knicks vs. Kings 12/28
Novak 4-7 25:46 mins played 11 pts
Knicks vs. Blazers 1/01
Novak 0-5 20:22 mins played 0 pts
Over the last 7 games Novak has played in he's 8-21 for a total of 24 pts and a total playing time of 172 mins 13 secs. To be fair he did put up average stats a few games before these but nothing special. Have teams figured him out?