Re: What direction do you want to see these guy's development go???
Lee- He has to get stronger, he needs to work on his short jumper and get some post up moves when he's being guarded by a smaller player on a mis-match. He has everything else but just needs to improve on those things. He shoots better from the free throw line now. He has a good inside offensive game around the basket and is a great rebounder, maybe he block out better. As for his defense I think he needs to work on it because some of the players he has to cover are monsters, big fast and can score. Maybe that's one reason he may never start, unless he can improve his defense. I hope he doesn't get to be an allstar on another team. He should get 30 minutes a game as a PF, some SF and C depending on the matchups.
Nate- I think he is what he is. A player who comes off the bench and provides instant energy and scoring. He breaks up the flow of the other team in a kind of pesky way. The coach has to know when to insert him in a game, he's a pure specialist. I don't think he'll ever be a starter and does not have a PG mentality, he has a shoot first mentality, that won't change, ever. He has to improve his defense, being so strong and fast he has to learn how to cover his man better and the little nuances of defense and team defense as all Knicks seem to need to do. with his speed he has to be able to take some chances and play the passing lanes. But his game has to be by design and not just winging it as it seems to be.
Balkman- He really reminds me of Rodman in a lot of ways( I hope I never see him in a dress). I think on a team with a lot scoring in the starting lineup he can start as a small forward. He just has to get minutes and improve his game. That means defense as with any young player. He would really take a huge leap as a player if he could develop a short jumper like the one McDyess has, he killed us with it the other day.
Collins- I see a great all around player who does everything well. But he needs time on the court and to limit his turnovers. The only way he can do that is by playing and learning how to run a team, nobody on the Knicks can so let's See if he's the man or not. Play him and let him develop. He did really well as a starter last year and had nice numbers, played defense and can handle the ball. Just get him minutes and work with him.
Morris- He has the tools but is very raw. I see him as similar to Curry in a lot of ways. He has physical ability for a bigman and some good inside moves. He needs time on the court and should be the first guy in as replacement for Curry to work on his true role as Curry's backup. Curry out, Morris in, that's your rotation because they are not changing the makeup of the team too much and you have continuity that way. If they are playing a smaller faster lineup then it should be Lee for mathups.
Chandler- The guy has it all and just needs time on the court to develop. He's our future at SF. Why not start giving him minutes, he's not going to learn sitting on the bench and Q is hurt. Why are we playing a guy who is useless?
Bottom line is the veteran players we have are not doing the job, what's the difference if we lose by 2 points or 20 points. At least we see what we have and develop all this young talent we do have.