The New York Knicks have quite possibly ended their quest to find a starting point guard, with former Clippers and Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis committing to joining the team. The news comes just days after he was amnestied by the Cavs. Davis will reportedly sign a one-year $2.6 million deal and will likely start once he has recovered from his back injury, which could set him back around two months.
Baron has often been criticised for playing below his talent level due to his disinterest in the poor teams he has played for. To be fair, I’m not sure many people would be inspired to play for the Clippers or the Cavs or even the Warriors in any season other than 06-07. Davis, who is listed at 215 lbs, has also been accused of turning up overweight to training camp on a number of occasions, something he has repeatedly denied.
When Davis is ready, though, he can be an elite point guard. Even last season, Davis gelled well with Blake Griffin and he managed to post reasonable numbers once shipped to a terrible Cleveland team. In fact, Davis’ typically poor three-point percentage rose to a steady 41% in Cleveland, a stat he will need to keep up in order to earn a place in front of sharpshooters Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby.
In New York, Davis will likely be a better fit then the aforementioned point guards already on the roster. Davis has a skill set which, besides the outside shooting, really mixes the best of the current group.
Baron can score like Toney Douglas but is not as likely to chuck up a bad shot with Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony beside him. His veteran experience (and his six years of playoff ball) will help the Knicks down the stretch, especially against the likes of the Boston Celtics. Davis typically raises his game come post-season time, ending with 25 points and 7 assists per game, four years ago. Of course, Davis is past his prime now but he can still be a steady contributor to this championship-hunting Knicks team.
We could be looking at the dreaded point guard by committee if Davis doesn’t show himself to be the superior guy when he gets here, with Shumpert taking on the more athletic guys like Derrick Rose and Toney Douglas taking on the smaller guys like Rajon Rondo. Bibby and Diddy will be left to take on the more veteran point guards such as Derek Fisher. For a team with poor chemistry, it will be best to have one stand-out guy, with others filling specific roles. Douglas and Bibby can be shooters with Shumpert as the defensive specialist.
If Davis realises his good fortune in finding himself on this talented Knicks team, he will end up working as hard as he should have been doing for his whole career. When that happens, all we’ll have to do is reap the benefits.
Thanks Lives! Support is much appreciated! Do you think it's just a coincidence that I'm back blogging and the Knicks have hope? I doubt that!
Been starving for inspiration since Patrick Ewing! Might even do like you and get out on the basketball court in the early AM. At the end of the day , my productivity is held in the hands of the Knicks front line! So sad...
Other than that, I'm just riding your coat tails..,
Now this is exciting. Modi is back in action and the comments on this thread are starting to read like a Who's Who of Knicks Fandom. Love it.
I will put your latest literary address on our blogroll of course and you are more than welcome to post here any time, as you already know. You remain one of my favorite sports writers of all-time. (I do not jest!). Your work is consistently provocative and well thought out.
After the divorces go final, thou can commence to covet thy neighbors' exes. Some PTPers making the game real fun to watch again.
Ring-a-ling-ding the New Year!
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states, great to hear from you!
Why did I KNOW that you would be the one to sour on this! ;-)
Is it possible that Baron will defer more now that he has the frontline tools?
were there any better options for 2.6 mil?
Hey fellas, long time no talk. I also wanted to let you all know that as of today, I am officially back in the blog game. Part of new launch today and first feature post isWe are Penn State. Is Hip Hop Culture to Blame?http://www.popsspot.com/2011/12/we-are-penn-state/
Wanna get this off the ground, so any help is appreciated
It might not be the spot for future Knicks posts, so I look forward to contributing a couple in the upcoming season if I'm not blackballed like Jerome James for spending three years on the IR!
Can't wait for Christmas at high noon! Looking forward to reconnecting with everybody, and let's do a DC gathering when the Knicks come in.
I already got my Knix tix, but will leave them for another girl if her name is Cooley!
Yes he can!
Great pick-up at 2.6 mil... Ironically, Baron's game has always reminded me of another point guard never fortunate enough to play with a great front-line... Stephon of course
NY Daily News
“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get this team to win,” Davis said on Monday after signing a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum. “It’s a very unselfish system, so everyone’s going to play well on the offensive end. I think I’ll add a little of that as well as some defensive tenacity. You’ll see a lot of emotion from me and a lot of hustle and hard work.”
I believe him.Remember, this guy could have gone to Miami with a Golden Ticket.
If Davis recovers enough to be an everyday player.
If Woodson can forge a defensive identity out of the chaos that has existed.
If the ball moves unselfishly on O
and If D'--- can stay out of his own way in the end game
The talent is now there to compete with Miami, actually with Chandler and a healthy Davis the pieces to beat them are now in place.After that anything is possible.That's a lot of weight to put on a bad back.But on the other hand if the guy who led Golden States smackdown of Dallas shows up, all things are possible, injuries permitting.
It's nice to have a possible dream again.
With the addition of Baron Davis, the Knicks have 15 players on their official roster for the 2011 - 2012 season:
● Starting Five: T. Chandler, A. Stoudemire, C. Anthony, L. Fields and T. Douglas
● Rookies: I. Shumpert, J. Harrellson, J. Jordan
● Bench Reserves: M. Bibby, J. Jeffries, B. Walker. R. Balkman
C. Hill and D. Green
● Injured Reserve: B. Davis
Knicks have also established a direct affiliation with the Erie Bayhawks of the D League where they have assigned Allan Houston to serve as the "General Manager of Basketball Operations." The Knicks have rarely used the D. League to develop players, contending that they can attain more experience by watching from the bench and by practice. Nevertheless, because of the intense 66 game schedule, there will be few days available to practice, so that one or more players (Green, Hill, Jordan?) may be assigned to the Erie affiliate for actual development. The new collective bargaining agreement also allows a team to even assign a veteran who is rehabing from an injury (Davis?).
I expect that the starting five will see more playing time in tomorrrow's preseason game against the Nets in preparation for the home opener against Boston on Christmas Day. LGK.
Clippers look like they are going to be a very fun squad to watch:
'Lives' & Peace---what's up?
Peace you over-promised and under-performed. You promised Paul, and we got Davis. You need to check your sources(lol).
D'Antoni looks up and sees Grunwald as GM (Indiana Grad).
D'Antoni looks over his shoulder and sees Woodson (Indiana Grad).
D'Antoni hears that Dolan still talks to Isiah (Indiana Grad).
D'Antoni has to feel the ground shaking around him w/ these Indiana guys.
Peace & Blessings
Typical MSG bullsquat,
I was in the "new" Garden Sunday. They took the top tier of cheap seats out and pushed out creating better more expensive seats out of those cheaper seats.It would have been very easy to create wheelchair accessible viewing at the higher level with good viewing areas, maybe they did it and I didn't see it.The seats up there are pretty good with lots of goods and services behind them.All you need is an elevator to get up there and an area that is dedicated to the disabled.Funny thing is exho started with the Knick wheelchair team.Is this a floor seat issue or do you need to have pancreatic cancer to get the Dolan's attention?We'll see how this plays out.Hopefully Dolan didn't step in it again.
PS. I-man is definitely a stud with game.He needs three things, experience, pg mentoring and shot selection.If he is brought along carefully and doesn't just rely on his physicality he might be a find.A few trips around the league will show his learning curve.D'Opei needs to be careful and not break either the kid's confidence or pigeonhole his role too soon.Interesting talent.Could allow Landry to go to the 3 when they play small and want more D.
What happened to the little old bald pg we had last yr?He played his ass off coming off the bench.He could help and teach.
The Knicks continue to put names ahead of chemistry. This approach is great for selling tickets, but generally does not help during playoffs. Davis dominates the ball and looks to get his,, which is not the type of point that you need with Amare & Melo. The Knicks need a pass first point,(do they exist anymore).
Last year Dallas, Lakers, & Hea, & Boston were able to win and go deep in the playoffs w/o a point looking to score. A team can't have finishers playing w/ someone handling the rock and looking to get his.
Peace & Blessings
Modi what's up bro? Why did you know it? I will never underestimate the importance of Chemistry.
Melo has to have the ball to be effective,(does not move w/o ball). Studs is a finisher and needs someone to get him the ball, while . Fields is effective when moving w/o the bal. Davis loves to dribble and create for himself. Also does not help that team will have to work him in after roles are defined.
Who else is available? Depends on what you are offering,TJ-Ford Sessions,. Chandler will cover for lack of defense & size..
Q--Who's cut first? Eddy Curry or Mike Bibby? Both are done
Peace & Blessings
@MODI Modi, good to e-see you! I'm sure we'll all help your blog get off the ground!
Where he sign up at? @Tman
@Statesman Hey States.. hope all is well!
@Statesman I can't answer any Bibby or Curry Q's til I get my NBA league pass... Have you seen Eddie? Under or over 3 bills?
States, fI knew it because you don't like BD for the same reasons you never warmed to Stephon, but like Stephon (who did pull back that half-season for EDDY CURRY!) BD has never has the guys up front. I'm willing to wager that Baron adjusts to his talent -- a luxury he didn't have in the past.. Now I always like TJ Ford more than most but ultimately he has been a disappointment. For 2.6, I'm riding with BD... he will get thos guys the ball...