Early on this season, Rasheed Wallace has become a fan favorite and suddenly has become Mike Woodson’s first big man off the bench.
With Wallace getting a decent amount of minutes right now, one man has been all but forgotten during the early going- Marcus Camby.
Camby did himself no favors with an injured calf that kept him out of all but three days of training camp. The 38-year old did play a season high 13 minutes Sunday against Indiana, but before that saw a total of 12 minutes against Dallas and Orlando and received back-to-back DNP’s (coach’s decision) against San Antonio and Memphis.
With Amar’e Stoudemire eventually coming back, you have to wonder exactly what role Camby- who to even his surprise received a three-year; $13.15 million contract in the offseason- will have on this very deep Knicks team.
Woodson told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling that it is more about what he sees during the game that determines who he uses off the bench and he’s not exactly holding Camby out because of his prior injury. Woodson does still feel that Camby can be a big part of this team though.
“Camby’s a big part of what we’re doing. When he gets the opportunity to play, I’m sure he’ll make the most of it.”
He’s played in only three of the Knicks eight games so far and has yet to attempt a shot. But he pulled down four rebounds against both Indiana and Dallas, which is an area that Camby adds some value to this team.
My gut feeling is that as long as the Knicks keep winning, there won’t be many minutes available for Camby, especially when Stoudemire returns. But when he will get the bulk of his minutes will be against bigger teams like the Pacers when he can come in and rebound and block shots.
On a team this deep, there won’t be minutes available for everyone on a nightly basis and early on Camby looks to be the odd man out.
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