Currently the New York brass are still scouring the free agency market in search of a suitable backup to Amar’e Stoudemire after Josh Harrellson was dealt. Although there are low risk options such as Louis Amundson, Sean Williams, and Kenyon Martin, I believe the Knicks should take a risk on former Washington Wizard’s hot head, Andray Blatche.
Before his strained left calf injury and swirling trade rumors, Blatche was coming off his best basketball of his career. In the 2010-2011 season, Blatche was averaging 16.8 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game and was slowly making a name for himself on the woeful Wizards.
At 6’11 and 235 pounds, Blatche is taller and longer than your prototypical power forward which used to his advantage on offense. In the post Blatche can be an absolute beast down low at times because of his size and imposing will. Yet Blatche has the ability to step out on the perimeter and hit an open jump shot–making him a good pick and roll and pick and pop option.
On the Knicks, Blatche would be great backup for Stoudemire because he would provide an amazing one-two punch for the second unit alongside Jr. Smith. Blatche would also be a great back up to Stoudemire because he would provide toughness, rebounding, and can be a focal point of the offense in these minutes–something thrives in.
Most importantly, Blatche would be a great fit in the Big Apple because he will have something to prove. Blatche needs to prove to the basketball universe that he has matured and can bounce back from a lackluster season of injuries and trade rumors. Blatche can also use this opportunity to show more consistency with his motivation–on both ends of the floor–to squash his selfish and entitlement tag he might have.
A fresh start in New York would hopefully motivate him to mature and help provide another weapon to the already loaded Knicks’ roster. Indeed Blatche with his baggage is high risk, but someone with his talent and upside is definitely a risk worth taking for a title contending team like the Knicks next season.