Now that the adrenaline of the Rudy Gay deal has subsided, we can see more clearly where we are with this club. We gave up considerable depth to obtain a potential star. I still like the deal but our bench needs to be overhauled.
No offense to JL3 but he can lose a game more easily than he can win it.
AA has shown flashes of being a solid rotation player but is too inconsistent and chews up too many possessions taking flow killing and team morale deflating shots. Furthermore, his minutes are detracting from what was once a promising rookie campaign for flight 31.
I liked Landry Fields as a Knick but his career is in the abyss right now and he won't come out until this dreadful season is behind him. It's obvious that his surgery has messed him up pretty bad.
Bargnani........... why would he even try at this point when the fans boo him and his GM openly said he was done here? Not that it's an accuse for his terrible play and his general malaise.
Air-on Gray is a serviceable big who I have no trouble going to when I need someone to throw Roy Hibbert into the stands to send a message.
Q was playing well earlier when given an opportunity, not sure what happened behind the scenes to warrant his complete lack of playing time but I guess it boils down to trying to recover any trade value Bargnani may have had before this season.
Telfair - un-rateable at this point.
In recent years, our starters have dug a hole and our bench has pulled us out, only to have our starters blow it for us. Now we find ourselves in the opposite predicament, our starters come out fighting and our bench is a complete nightmare, digging too big a hole for our starters to recover. With our starting five achieving passable respectability in the Eastern Conference with a reasonable expectation of growth and development for next season, we need to give our rookies a chance to see what they can do with reliable minutes and then look to upgrade in the off season where appropriate.
Attention Kyle Lowry - please look to score more, we need you to be aggressive to break down defenses and generate ball movement. We were told that's why you were brought you in, oh and that you were a bulldog on defense. Maybe it's the back spasms. If you're that hurt (as evidenced by lying down every time you come out) then stop playing and get well soon. We need you long term.
PS - In the spirit of caution and the long term interests of the club I have never proposed using the amnesty until today. Sorry Bargnani. Unless a trade can be made for a rack of balls.