Knicks create softest power forward tandem in the league by adding Bargnani

Knicks create softest PF tandem in NBA with Bargnani trade now official

7/10/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Knicks create softest power forward tandem in the league by adding BargnaniAdding another soft big man also puts a lot of pressure on center Tyson Chandler, who is currently the only defensive post presence on the team. With no help in protecting the rim, Chandler has to be the one to slide over and contest every shot in the paint, and as a result, he often gets in foul trouble. The catch-22 is that if he does get in foul trouble no one will be on the court to effectively man the middle on defense.

Stoudemire and Bargnani both have experience at center, but if the Knicks want to give either of them minutes at that position, they'll have to sign a physical, defensive-minded power forward to make up for the defensive weaknesses down low.

The Knicks should now look to re-sign Kenyon Martin, who they reportedly have interest in. Martin, however, has interest from as many as three other legitimate title contenders. The Knicks need a player like Martin to play heavy minutes against big teams like the Indiana Pacers, and they'll certainly need a player to spell Chandler at center if he needs rest or gets in foul trouble. But even if the Knicks do sign Martin - can they rely on a 35-year-old who underwent microfracture knee surgery in 2005 and 2006? If Chandler and/or Martin (who are both prone to nagging injuries) were to go down, the Knicks would be in some serious trouble.

I don't really mind what the Knicks gave up to acquire Bargnani (Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, 2016 first-round pick, two second-round picks), but I'm very unsure about his fit on this team. What the Knicks lacked last season was physicality down low, rebounding, and a shot blocking - Bargnani brings none of that.

I don't mind so much when my Knicks are bad if they're playing hard-nosed, tough basketball, but I am becoming wary of a very frustrating season thanks two the softest power forward tandem in the league.
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