While Amar’e Stoudemire has been a Master of Consistent Brilliance during the preseason, his fellow Knicks have been Apprentices at the Temple Of Inconsistency & Mediocrity. As Buckets’ reader Brendan pointed out in his comments: will anyone else step up? To have any hope at making the playoffs, let alone securing more than 35 wins, we need at least one more guy to produce regularly at a solid level.
The possibilities for the other rock to lean on have been flawed in both different and similar ways. Point guard Raymond Felton was supposed to be our other huge upgrade partly because he simply wasn’t Chris Duhon. While Felton has had a few games with decent assist totals, his shooting has in fact been consistently Duhonesque. Yup, poor shooting and inconsistent assist numbers hasn’t inspired the Garden Faithful with hope.
Danilo Gallinari, who had a great season last year averaging 15+ points, seemed poised to take another big step forward due to his off-season work and the offensive attention that Amar’e would draw. At the least, it seemed he should maintain the level he was at last year. Instead, while he’s had two great games, the rest have been serious, serious, hold-your-nose-and-breath stinkers. We’re talking like 0-for-7 nights. Obviously some nights ya shoot better than others, but even on an off-night he should hit at least, what, 30% of his shots?
Anthony Randolph has been an inconsistent headcase. Kinda, sorta, exactly like his rep was in Golden State. So much for him only needing a change of scenery.
Timofey Mozgov has been better than hoped, but due to his propensity for fouls it’ll take a while until we can count on him to play big minutes for us and significantly affect the game.
Toney Douglas has played well recently, but ‘cmon, can you really picture him staying at that level for a full season and being a legit #2 scoring option?
Wilson Chandler has had a relatively solid preseason, but it’s the same issue as last year. At times in the occasional game he looks phenomenal and like he could be a big player in this league. That’s when he’s Wil The Thrill. At other times he seems completely passive, so that last season you’d be shocked when you looked at the box score and see that he lead the team in minutes (“Wait, really? Huh, I barely remember him even playing”.)
Hopefully one, if not more, of these guys will step it up when the season begins. My money’s on Felton and Gallo — who do you think it’ll be?