The New York Knicks announced the final three players who will make the team in Toure Murry, Cole Aldrich, and Chris Smith.
This comes as a major surprise to many, because it looked as if Jeremy Tyler was a shoe in to make the team despite his foot injury, and that the Knicks would not keep Smith. But in a major shock the Knicks kept Smith despite him barely playing in the preseason as well as him playing inconsistently when he was on the court during the Las Vegas Summer League.
Was this the right choice? No, and here is why.
What was the Knicks major problem last season? Rebounding. Instead of bringing in a player to help improve that, they go the complete opposite route and add two guards and just one forward.
The Knicks statistically were one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, and instead of bringing in a proven rebounder such as Tyler or Ike Diogu they sign Smith?
Aldrich will help rebounding, but he alone is simply not sufficient enough. The Knicks got destroyed on the boards in the playoffs last season by Indiana and that was a key reason they lost the series. Their rebounding is clearly a problem.
Smith was also not good at all in the preseason. He barely played, and when he did, he did not do much. Also going back to the summer league his shot selection was sporadic and his rebounding and passing were subpar.
The Murry move makes sense as he was good in the preseason, but Smith does not make sense.
The Knicks also decided to cut Tyler who was very good in the summer league, before a foot injury seemed to spoil his chances of making the roster as he seemed like a lock to make it at one point. Diogu was also having a solid preseason but his fate is now sealed with the recent roster moves.
New York’s frontcourt obviously needs help.
With this move, they sacrificed frontcourt depth and added even more backcourt depth to an already deep and crowded backcourt, and they barely addressed their rebounding problems.
This move is a strange one to say the least.