Ariza is a good role player, milicic is a bumb, and a waisted pic that should have been melo.
The knicks got rid of him because Larry Brown didnt want him on the team anymore. Isaih likes him, but to be honest i dont miss him w/ balkman on the team, balkman will be a better player than ariza.
One thing about ariza is he can posterize someone, and in the open floor he is sick. He is actually bigger than balkman. Balkman is 6' 7" tops. Ariza is at least 6' 9". He has grown since he left the team.
Ariza is a hell of a dunker, but he really wasn't good at anything else. He was an average defender and he had no offensive moves. Defenders would leave him wide open for the J and Ariza didn't have the skills to drive the hole.
However, I still remember the vicious dunk he had on Ben Wallace last year.
Balkman is raw but he has heart and is intelligent.
He along with Lee must develop a short jumper or they will never be anything other than a bench player. That's what makes the difference between a great player and not. That's why Jefferies should not start. Lee has a good jump shot but seems afraid to use it, he wants to be too perfect and needs to relax. Same for Frye some times. To be a good jump shooter you have to relax your body just like a free throw.
That's what made the Knicks of the early 70's, they all could hit the open short range jump shot.
It's lost these days. Either a guy wants to dunk or hit the trey.