What the Tyson Chandler Signing Means For The Knicks
What does the Tyson Chandler signing mean for the New York Knicks? Well let’s see, the Knicks have a front court of Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony. Now, that to me appears to be the the best front court in the NBA. The only teams I could even consider to have an equal or better front court is the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies (if they re-sign Marc Gasol), and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Two of those teams are in the Western Conference, so the Knicks wouldn’t have to deal with them in a playoff series until the Finals if they were all to make it. The Knicks main problem last season was rebounding and defense, and with the Chandler signing they acquire a 7’1 center who can rebound and play good defense. Also, the Knicks amnestied point guard Chauncey Billups and lost a key piece from the Carmelo Anthony trade. They got weaker at guard with this deal and now they’re looking at Toney Douglas and Landry Fields as their starting guards to open the season. They signed guard Mike Bibby to a one year deal over the weekend, also re-signed Jared Jeffries, and signed rookies Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrelson.
The deal is for four years, and $58 million. This clearly takes the Knicks out of the running to not only trade for Chris Paul (although they were in no position to ever trade for Paul), but it also takes them out of the conversation to sign Chris Paul in free agency as they will not have the money to lure him in, unless Carmelo and Stoudemire restructure their contracts and take less money to be able to fit CP3 into the budget. I just can’t see that happening though. The Knicks can hang on the boards with any team now and Amar’e Stoudemire can finally play his natural position of power forward full time now. This signing was a must, knowing that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is requesting a trade to the New Jersey Nets, and if he does go to the Nets, the Knicks will need a good big man to match up with Dwight. In my opinion, the Knicks do hold the best 3-4-5 trio in the league.
Barring any injuries, the Knicks can hang on the glass with any team and just need to be able to hold up at guard. That may be their new problem as they’ll face guards like Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson in the East. There are rumors that the Knicks are trying to make another move or moves to acquire point guard JJ Barea and/or shooting guard Jamal Crawford, who they once had. If they can possibly get one of them, then they must be taken as a legitimate championship contender by everyone. They are a title contender by many right now, but some may not like the position they’re in at guard. Whether or not they get an upgrade at guard, the Knicks are legitimate title contenders. No one is realizing that they drafted a defense only guard out of Georgia Tech with their first round pick in the 2011 Draft, Iman Shumpert. So when a game is on the line, you could put Shumpert on a Wade, Allen, or Rose.
The Knicks sure are looking up but must win now with so much money tied up to three players and not much financial room to add another key piece unless they take a mid level exception of $2.5 million. With this season being cut by 16 games to a 66 game season, it’ll keep everyone fresher come playoff time and it should bode well for the Knicks. The Celtics look like they’re aging and breaking down, and the Heat have to figure themselves out with the two stars Wade, and LeBron James, and Chris Bosh must get tougher. I think the Knicks, Bulls, and Heat are the three toughest teams in the East, and are the ones to beat. This is shaping up to be an exciting season, especially that there will be games every night and teams will be playing a lot of back to backs. Enjoy the season everyone, I will be posting my 2011-2012 NBA season predictions after the final preseason game has been played.