1) Knicks played no defense until Woodson arrived,
2) stats don't back up your claim,
3) Knicks were +5.5 with him on the court and -0.2 with him off
.....I call B.S.
The biggest issue with Fields is his drop off in offensive production - which coincidentally coincided with the arrival of Carmelo "Ball Stopper/Team Quitter/Me, Me, Me" Anthony.
As someone that follows both teams, signing Fields is a stroke of brilliance. Dude is a baller. He shoots 35% from 3, which isn't fantastic, but isn't bad as well. His FG% is always hanging around 50%, which is pretty damn good for a wing. He's got loads of ball IQ, he's fearless going to the rim and is a good rebounder. He has the potential of being good on D as well. He'd be Toronto's starting 3 if the season started today - and to top it all off, he just turned 24, so he's young. I can't see how this is a bad signing.
If he does play small forward then 6 rebounds a game, a really good defender and a high 30s 3-point shooter if he can do some occasional ball-handling then I see no reason why he couldn't become a very good starter in this league, he has only been in the league 2 years and one where when Melo screwed up the team and also Lin wasn't favorable to getting the ball to the other perimeter players(though very good at getting it to the bigs IMO)
Whoever told you skies the limit is looking dumb because I'm 22 and i'm moonwalking on the sun.
hollinger tweeted that the contract is a joke because 3rd year is about 9.8 mil....the contract is averaged out for toronto right?
I won't deny that 3 years / $20M is high for Fields.. but there are several role players in the league that make just as much.
Quick glance through salaries in the $6-8M range:
A. Miller - $7.8M
Barbosa - $7.6M
Nelson - $7.6M
Felton - $7.5M
T. Young - $7.4M
Outlaw - $7M
Thornton - $7M
Udrih - $7M
Ariza - $6.8M
Reddick - $6.7M
Nocioni - $6.6M
Pietrus - $6.5M
G. Davis - $6.3M
Prince - $6.2M
Beasley - $6.2M
Gooden - $6.2M
Matthews - $6.1M
Childress - $6M
Garcia - $5.8M
Fields will be overpaid.. but when has getting a free agent been easy for Toronto?
I personally don't see Fields as a liability. I think it will be hard to move him in his 3rd year - even as an expiring.. but I don't think it would be difficult to move him in his 2nd year - and the cap hit is not too outrageous. Plus Fields is only 24.
Personally I wish NY matches. But if we get him it's not going to be the end of the world.
At this point, amnesty Calderon, sign Ilyasova and call it a day.
Unfortunately, his looks have nothing to do with his Basketball abilities.
(HAH! See what I did there?)
What gives me pause when it comes to assessing Lins game, is how overwhelming the green-cloud of 'Hype' is hanging over his head. Its very difficult to assess ones abilities honestly when there is so much rhetoric being bandied about.
I watched enough of the 'Linsanity' last year to know that, Yes, the kid can play. Theres no denying that.
But can he play in a system where protecting the Ball, is valued more than producing the Flashy play?
I'm not so sure on that one. His turnover numbers were off-the-charts.
And going by the PPR, Turnovers are valued as more detrimental than Assists are beneficial.
And by my count, Lin is a detriment.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
Fields 2P% improved from 50.2% to 55.7% playing with Lin last season.
Imagine with Nash?
Calderon isn't that much worse at setting up players around him than Nash...
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