The New York Knicks finished their third week with a record of 3-10. They are trying to fight their way out of a six game losing streak that I believe could extend to a possible 10 game streak. With all the commotion concerning the health of players and the coaching career of Mike Woodson will we really be upset if the Knicks just packed it in this season?
Here are my week three grades for the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony (A)
He is still holding the team down the best way he knows how. He is not only doing it with his scoring but Melo is trying to play some defense as well. He is putting up very impressive rebounding numbers since Tyson went down with his injury. It remains to be seen how the losing will effect him down the road but the media is dead wrong to try and place all the blame on his shoulders.
Tyson Chandler (NA)
Chandler is injured as always.
Raymond Felton (NA)
Felton is injured as well.
Andrea Bargnani (B)
Not bad but the rebounding still needs to increase into the double digits. A player with his size and skill should be getting to the free throw line a lot more. Bargnani seems to be getting a little more comfortable playing with the ball-hogging Anthony.
J.R. Smith (B)
Smith is back to his old self now but should there be concern about him taking only eight shots against the Trailblazers? When he is hot the team will start piling up victories but when he is cold the Knicks are in deep s@#@.
Metta World Peace (D)
I don’t know what is going on with Woodson’s rotation. World-Peace is averaging 11 minutes a game and only three points. He is a reliable defender and a pretty decent three-point shooter off the bench but his minutes have been cut. At this point the Knicks need all the help they can get but Woodson is determined to stick with his crappy rotation.
Iman Shumpert (D)
Last week I was kind enough to give this kid an A because of the trade talk that was surrounding him. Now the talk has died down and he is just playing like straight s—. I have heard talk that he has been the Knicks most consistent two-way player this season and I’m trying to figure out what season they have been watching. All I see is a player that is having a pretty rough year on the court.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (D)
What is the problem with Woodson? This Hardaway kid can flat out play some ball, but yet he is sitting on the bench and then some games he doesn’t even play. Maybe he is sleeping with the coach’s daughter or something but there has to be a real good reason why he is not getting any playing time.
Pablo Prigioni (D)
He is averaging 17 minutes the last few games and four points his assist total are not bad for a second string point guard but if given more minutes he might be able to produce more. His jumper and defense is still weak and I think he needs to be traded elsewhere.
Amar’e Stoudemire (C)
He has been trying to pick it up as of later but he is still a shell of his former self. I think he tries too hard when the ball touches his hands. He is not sure if he wants to drive, pull up or dribble which creates serious doubt in his mind which leads to turnovers.
Kenyon Martin (B)
Due to injuries, Martin has seen significant playing time the last few games and he has not disappointed either. His rebounding has been a pleasant surprise for a team that is struggling on the boards. He also is willing to get on the floor for loose balls and give his all for the benefit of the team.
Beno Udrih (C)
He is not shy about putting shots up. He needs to become a better distributor for a team that desperately needs one. With Felton’s injury problems, Udrih is expected to see more time in the starting unit and needs to continue to improve his all-around game.
Toure’ Murray (F)
At least he made it on the court for a minute during the Washington Wizards game.
Cole Aldrich (F)
No playing time, no comment.