Of course they don't have to play him, but my point was IMO he doesn't provide much depth unless he's really gonna be the 4th PF off the bench.If that's the case he won't see much playing time. At this point in his career Metta is better suited for the 4 where he's closer to the basket and they Have Kmart and Amare (for now) from the get go, not to mention Melo is also capable of playing the 4. They don't have to play him if his presence on the court is a net negative.
Kenyon Martin sucks now. Plain and simple. Never could score and now he's teetering on a Reggie Evans type of offensive skill set. Defensively he's okay and sets some decent screens but his okay defensive game doesn't outweigh is lacking offensive game.
The guy has had like 1 good shooting season in his career and he's been incredibly inefficient from the floor. His FT% shoots his eFG% up but looking at his FG% he's atrocious and quite honestly has only been knock down from 3s 1 season and that was a while back.And just because he had a terrible shooting season last year doesn't mean that he's unable to shoot. He's only 28, he should be in his prime as a player. It's not like he's an old man, he was just affected by injuries the last two seasons. He's shown that he can be an efficient shooter and that he's capable of playing as a 2nd option to a scorer that likes to dominate the ball and attack the paint. When the raptors were around a .500 team with some hope for the future he was a key part of the team and played well with Bosh as a 2nd scoring option.
In all honesty I don't think he's ever been good. Not because he was a #1 pick but because he can't do anything outside of spot up shoot. He can't drive, he can't pass, and he most def cannot play any form of defense whatsoever.
I assume you mean his 2010-2011 season? I'm sorry I can't label that a very good season. His efficiency, rebounding, and WS dramatically dropped just by looking at his raw stats.Even when Bosh left and he became the first option he had a very solid year. His efficiency dropped a little due to more defensive attention, but overall he put up a very good season. The next year he only played 30 games due to injury which clearly affected his play on the court when he did play. Even then he managed to average 19 points a game, albeit on low efficiency. But taking a sample of 30 games isn't the same as analyzing an entire season. Had he not been injured his numbers would have regressed to the mean. When you only play 30 games in a season one bad streak of games can kill your efficiency numbers.
Yes one bad streak of games can kill your efficiency numbers, but one good streak of games can also shoot them up.
Looking at that, he didn't seem to hit any stretch of bad games in a row.
He can score when he gets to take a ton of shots. Any NBA player with an offensive game can do that. It's all about whether or not he's able to produce at a high level when he doesn't have the freedom to jack up 18 shots per game.
Yes it's safe to assume he wasn't happy or healthy for a while in Toronto, but that doesn't mean we can just simply assume that because he's on a winning team again and healthy that he's gonna be great. For one, the guy is a joke on defense and he doesn't pass the ball. That will hurt the Knicks IMO dramatically because they didn't need more offensive ISO firepower. They need defense and he provides the polar opposite.The next year was the same story with injury, although I could definitely see him laying it on thick because he was unhappy with being on a team that does things like hand out a 6 million dollar contract to Landry Fields. This year he's back on a winning team, he's a 2nd/3rd option again where he's been very efficient over his career, he's on a roster that allows for his minutes to be watched to preserve his health, and he's coming into the season healthy which he hasn't done in 2 seasons.
Here's my issue with him on the Knicks. If his main job is to knock down open shots, why wouldn't you rather keep Novak? Of course Bargs is a much better player than Novak but if their roles on the team are going to be the same why let go of the guy who plays that role better?
I don't see a reason a change of scenery would be bad for him, but I cannot see him shooting 45% from 3, and quite honestly if that 35% is for his FG%, it's damn horrid. He's hit 40% from deep once in his career and it was 40.9% There's no reason to assume he'd improve on his best season from 3 by 5%.If he has a healthy season there's no reason he shouldn't average at least 15/5/1 on at least .350/.450/.800. Combined with the offensive impact of Melo and JR that should be a sufficient contribution to the team. If he's not healthy or is unable to return to pre-injury form Metta/Kmart/Amare will take his minutes and replace his production. But I think it's just a little unfair to assume that a 28 year old that doesn't rely on athleticism will not return to form once he gets healthy. He's been relatively efficient throughout his career in seasons that weren't cut short by injury and a change of scenery offers him a chance at a fresh start.
Sure he can return to his 19/5/1 stats on 43%/35%/80% but what good is that on the Knicks? That's my question, he's a waste of talent on that roster IMO. Novak did the job Bargs is asked to do much better did he not? Sure Novak can't pass or play D but it's not like Bargs would be much of an improvement in either area.
That's possible. However just cause it's possible doesn't mean it's likely. Is he a very good fit with Melo and Chandler? Yeah sure, depending on who else they have. If they had defensive stalwarts coming off the bench for the 4 and 5 spot, then yeah sure he'd be great but they don't. Outside of Chandler, the Knicks have some of the worst defensive big men in the NBA in STAT and Bargs.I'm betting a lot of people will be surprised by how well Bargnani plays. He's a very good fit with Melo and Chandler. Starting Melo and Bargs and bringing JR and Amare off the bench will maximize the effectiveness of all four players and will work wonders in New York (pending health of course).
Here's my other problem, yes JR and Melo COULD find Bargs open but based on their past season I can't see them willingly pass to him if they have one on one defensive coverage on them.
JR Smith does not pass. That is a damn near fact that is just about indisputable. Even if you never watched him play, looking at his assists per game and AST% you can tell he doesn't pass.
Melo is quite honestly just as bad, and has even less of an excuse considering how much attention he gets. With all the attention he gets he should be finding open teammates left and right but his AST% is in the territory of JR Smith.
How many guys that demand as much attention as Melo has so much trouble finding open teammates? LeBron? No. Kobe? No. Wade? No. Durant? No. Westbrook? No. Rose? No. Harden? No. Curry? No.