Over the course of the offseason, Buckets Over Broadway will be doing year-end report cards of the New York Knicks roster. The roster experienced a decent amount of overhaul this season, so we’ll simply be covering the core players of the 2012-13 team. Players will be analyzed by their offense, defense, and overall contributions throughout the season. Next up is James White.
Offense: James White turned out to be a mystery for the New York Knicks. Athletically, he may have been the most gifted Knicks player. But that never translated into much production, yet somehow Mike Woodson found a way to give him 16 starts during the season. However even when White started, he didn’t play much.
On the season he averaged only 7.6 minutes per game and chipped in only 2.2 points per game. White shot 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the three-point line, but his biggest moment of the season actually came during All-Star Weekend when he failed miserably during the dunk contest.
Overall White has the talent to be a good player, but for some reason has never been able to put it all together. Grade: D
Defense: Again, White is long enough and athletic enough to be a pretty solid NBA defender, but he never emerged as a stopper. Woodson gave him starts because he was probably the Knicks best wing defender before Iman Shumpert came back, but between never making any plays and not getting any minutes when he did play, it was tough for White to do anything impactful. Grade: D
Overall Grade: Despite being able to jump out of the gym, White isn’t very good. I would expect the Knicks to release him soon as his contract will become guaranteed for $1 million if he is still on the roster when free agency begins. Grade: D