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Old 05-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by Snoop_Cat
That's true about Steven Adams, we'll just have to see haha.

Regarding Dieng though, I personally he brings a lot to the table. He can't post up for sh*t but none of our bigs can so it's not like it'd be a downgrade there.

The reason I like Dieng so much is because I think he fits in perfectly with the Knicks. For one, he's a money jump shooter - considering Melo frequents the post, it's good that Dieng won't clog up the paint. He can't do much else, but then again, compared to Chandler and Martin, he probably fits us better offensively. Actually, although his post game sucks, he's great at kicking it out to shooters which suits us great.

Secondly, he's a very good defender. He's got great size and length, and from what I've seen, he's become a very good perimeter defender from Louisville's crazy ass press defense. On a team with pretty weird switches and schemes like the Knicks have shown, a big guy who can move outside on defense and guard the pick and roll is a pretty big commodity. He's also a great help defender and though he's kind of on the lean side, it's not like there's a ton of post up players in the Eastern Conference to match up with anyways.

I personally don't see the big deal with his age as well. He's not going to improve that much, but he's a solid player with whom you know what you're going to get. By the time he's 33/34, you'll get 10 solid years or so out of him and I think he'd be the perfect first big off the bench for us that could play a lot of minutes.

I can respect it.

My only issue is the age factor because are we really getting a finished product who will be 24 as a rookie?

I'd love to get a big man who we can groom behind Amare and Chandler because realistically with both of their injury histories and wear and tear of 11/12 seasons we have to have someone ready for the future. A Steven Adams type or even the French kid Rudy Gobert with the 4th highest standing reach ever recorded open the door to let a young big sit behind them for 2 seasons and then we see what to do with Amare and Chandler as they'd be Free Agents.

Dieng is an old rookie who may or may not get rotation minutes with Woody in charge and the possibility & likelihood he plays a healthy Camby and K-Mart over him off the bench. Your 5th big only matters for garbage time, and since we play small we don't ever go that deep since Melo shifts to the 4. He'd be an old rookie collecting dust on a veteran team and I don't think he's the type to develop by not playing any minutes unlike a 18 or 19 year old coming into this situation.
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