New York Knicks News: Knicks Still Improve This Offseason Despite The Loss Of Jeremy Lin

on July 24 2012 9:23 PM
New York Knicks News: Knicks Still Improve This Offseason Despite The Loss Of Jeremy Lin

 

This past off-season, the New York Knicks will be remembered for letting Jeremy "Linsanity" Lin walk away and sign with the Houston Rockets, who cleverly devised a complicated deal to scare the "Big Dogs."

The Knicks may have lost Jeremy Lin to the Rockets, but they definitely made a ton of moves to make up for his loss.

Lin's replacement will be Raymond Felton. Felton was the best he's ever been during his seven-year career as a member of the Knicks. Before getting traded for Carmelo Anthony after 54 games, Felton averaged career highs in points per game (17.1) and assists per game (9.0). More importantly, he helped Amar'e Stoudemire play at an extremely high level during his first season as a member of the Knicks. 

Along with Felton the Knicks have focused primarily on upgrading their bench, doing so at three different positions.

At point guard, Jason Kidd is unquestionably better than any of the Knicks' backups last year-Mike Bibby, Baron Davis and Toney Douglas-and his veteran leadership will be invaluable to the bench unit.

The center spot has also received an upgrade in the form of Marcus Camby, who is still to this day one of the NBA's best rebounders and shot-blockers. Josh Harrellson had the potential to be a solid player, but he's got nothing on Camby.

The addition of Kurt Thomas as the backup power forward in place of Jared Jeffries gives the Knicks another defensive player who, unlike Jeffries, can actually handle himself on the offensive floor.

Jeffries is arguably the better defender, but Thomas is the more well-rounded player.

There's also been a lot of complaints about the additions of the 38 year-old Camby and the 39-year-old Thomas. But while they're both advanced in age, Camby led the league in rebounding late last season while Thomas is still a smart team defender who avoids mental lapses.

Finally, the Knicks have added depth from Europe, with James White, Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni rounding out New York's new additions.

None of them will feature too heavily in the rotation early on, but each is capable of playing minutes when injuries roll around.

As far as re-signing their own players, the Knicks have brought back three-point specialist Steve Novak and sixth man J.R. Smith, both of whom were huge parts of New York's bench last season.

Ultimately, this offseason was all about adding the finishing touches to what already was a talented roster (Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire), and despite their limited resources, the Knicks have done that. The bench has been upgraded, and the Knicks are now at least two deep at every position.

The Knicks still need another shooting guard, with Iman Shumpert preparing to be out until January, but rumors of Ronnie Brewer possibly coming to town are good to hear.

Going into their first full training camp with Mike Woodson as head coach, this Knicks roster is prepared for something big.