I don't know about you guys, but all of a sudden I'm super amped about the regular season being a few days away. I think it's partly because Tim Hardaway Jr looks like he may be a solid player and the guys appear to be in good shape already. What about you guys? Are you ready?
I think he's just a signing bonus for JR's contract. Now if he's here come December or January, then I'd be worried. Outside of that, I wouldn't fuss too much lol. BTW, Shannon Brown is about to get cut after that Wizards/Suns trade. We were rumored to be interested in him damn near every offseason. He wouldn't be a bad pickup. I;m sure he'd have to clear waivers and all that. Additionally, I think Isaiah Canaan is going to get cut simply because there are far too many guards on Houston for him to ever get playing time.
I'm not sold on either Prigioni or Murry. Just a thought.
More importantly, we need another big. Amare and Bargnani are just atrocious on the boards and defensively. Cole Aldrich is decent but he's a stiff to me.
Aldrich, a former lottery pick, survived the cut despite an up-and-down preseason, as did combo guard Toure’ Murry, who had a brilliant preseason.
In addition to Tyler, the Knicks cut forwards Ike Diogu and Josh Powell, disappointing undrafted rookie C.J. Leslie and former Nets swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Woodson said Aldrich was kept over the impressive Diogu because he was younger and more of a center than the Nigerian.
I refuse to start off this season arguing whether Pablo Prigioni is good or not. He averaged 3 points and 3 assists. That's why I'm not sold I liked Udrih in the preseason. He'd be my backup PG personally.
As for the guys who got cut, I have no complaints really. However, I like Powell more than Aldrich. He's versatile. He can play the 4 or 5. He's more athletic. But I do get why they kept Aldrich. He's a true center.
I've come to the conclusion that the biggest wild cards that will make or break the seaosn will be two fold.
1. Will Woody finally show Shumpert the confidence and respect he deserves or will he continue to be treated like a rookie.
2. Will Bargnani and Amare give us any consistent production or wil they be the oft injured, non defense playing disappointments they've been the past 2 seasons.