Saturday, April 11, 2009

2008-2009 New York Knicks End of Season Awards

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but writing about the Knicks has been rough with them being out of it for a while now, I simply lost my motivation to write about them. I really believed they would make the playoffs this year with the 8th seed and it hurts that they didn’t. I know I know 2010 but I wanted a little more progress this season. If they didn't trade Crawford they probably would have made the playoffs but I’d be beating a dead horse if I started talking about that again.

Walt Frazier Award (MVP) – David Lee - 16.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1 spg
The best player on the team and if they don’t resign him they will be making a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge mistake and fans would never forgive Mr. Walsh. At the time of this post “Double” Lee currently is leading the league in double doubles over Dwight Howard 63-62. Lee would have been an All Star if the Knicks had a little more respect throughout the league but more respect comes with more wins (and more wins comes with more respect from officials as well the Knicks got screwed on calls all year long).

Patrick Ewing Award (Offensive Player) Al Harrington – 20.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Al “Cap Space” Harrington had some huge games this season after being acquired by the Knicks early on this year. He posted two 39 point efforts as well as a 38 point effort while leading the team in scoring. Harrington, however, is a black hole on offense because once he touches the ball 9 times out of 10 he is going to shoot it up. If Harrington can learn to play a team oriented game then he will be a tremendous asset to this squad. However, there is one thing for sure though he can flat out shoot.

Willis Reed Award (Team Leader) – Quentin Richardson – 10.2 ppg, 4 rpg, .6 spg
Q-Rich didn’t have a good season numbers wise and at points throughout the season he couldn’t crack the rotation but if you pay attention to the games he is by far the team leader. He is the guy who is going to call someone out for not being a true teammate (Stephon “Me” Marbury) and he is also the guy who will get in a teammates face for not hustling or playing up to their potential (Eddy Curry). Richardson J might not be what it used to be but he is definitely a valuable piece to this team.

John Starks Award (Most Heart) – Nate Robinson – 17.4 ppg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg
Crypto-Nate, Nasty Nate, Nate the Great (or whatever you want to call him) stepped up huge this year and took a tremendous step forward. He took a huge step forward offensively and more importantly defensively. The only problem with Nate is that he is immature and as described by Mike D’Antoni (paraphrasing) his biggest strength is his biggest weakness because he can get a shot when ever he wants. Nate also needs to mature a little he gets trapped in one on one show downs with opposing point guards and needs to continue to play a team oriented game. However, there is one thing clear that little Nate gives it everything he has every night. Even with that said he is still the heart and soul of this team and us fans would not forgive management if the fan favorite Nate is not resigned.......Shake and bake.

Anthony Mason Award(Most Improved Player)Wilson Chandler–14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg
After unfairly being benched for the majority of last season by New York’s former genius coach, Wilson Chandler came on strong dunking on anybody who got in his way. You can call him Mr. Smooth or the Carlos Beltran of the Knicks because he shows no emotion but one thing’s for sure he will always gives it his all. The skies the limit for this youngster because he basically just finished his rookie year.

Derek Harper Award (Best Shut Down Defender) Larry Hughes – 11 ppg, 1.4 spg
Every since Hughes was traded to the Knicks he has been the man who gets assigned the go to scorer on the opposing team. His numbers don’t reflect his stellar defensive play because he didn’t have consistent minutes while in Chicago. If he doesn’t get traded it will be good to see him play a full year at the Garden and more people will take notice of his great defensive play.

Shandon Anderson Award (Biggest Waste of Space) Jared Jeffries – 5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .8 spg
I’ve given off a lot of hate towards Jared Jeffries over the last 3 seasons he’s been here and rightfully so. He can’t shoot, he’s over rated defensively, he’s over rated by MSG announcers with the “little things” he does, he can’t catch a pass in traffic, he can’t shoot free throws, and he messes up virtually every fast break he is involved in. It’s nothing personal but if the Knicks want to win in the future(he has 2 years left plus a player option for a 3rd year…THANKS ISIAH!!) they either have to bury him on their bench or trade him.

That is all folks for the 2008BL-2009BL Knicks season I know there are a few games left but I am in full baseball mode until the NBA playoffs begin. Hopefully next year the Knicks will play better throughout the season in 2009BL-2010BL (BL - Before LeBron) and not just in bits and pieces.


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