The New York Knicks got better this offseason with the additions of Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, but they also got a lot older.
Adding experience is one thing. Adding aging veterans is another issue altogether.
Signing a 38-year old Steve Nash, who is still playing at a high level, was viewed as a risk. Instead the Knicks added a 40-year old Kidd, a 40-year old Kurt Thomas and a 38-year old Marcus Camby. These guys make the Knicks a better team, but they are also guys who have seen their best days in the NBA pass them by.
On paper, the Knicks could be too old to contend for a championship.
If the Knicks lose Jeremy Lin, which is a possibility, only guard Iman Shumpert will be under the age of 25 and he’s out until at least January. That’s a problem.
However, while it would be nice to have some good young athletes to keep up with some of the younger more athletic teams in the NBA, the age of the Knicks shouldn’t be the problem that some are making it out to be.
Only Camby, Kidd, Thomas and Pablo Prigioni right now are over the age of 30 and they won’t be playing major roles on the 2012-13 team. Camby and Thomas make the second unit much tougher to score on and Kidd gives Mike Woodson an outstanding decision maker with the ball.
Looking at the rest of the Knicks: Amar’e Stoudemire is 29, although his body would suggest he is 45. The you have Carmelo Anthony (28), Tyson Chandler (29), Raymond Felton (28), Steve Novak (29), J.R. Smith (26), Shumpert (22), James White (29) and Chris Copeland (28).
Age shouldn’t be a huge issue with this Knicks team.
If I have one problem with this roster, it’s not age, it’s athleticism. But the Knicks should be better in just about every aspect of the game than they were a year ago.
Does that make them title contenders?
I won’t go that far yet, but if this Knicks team doesn’t contend for a championship in 2013, it won’t be because they are too old. It will be because they aren’t good enough to do so.
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