I would love the signing of Tyson, but Im not a fan of losing Amare. Like many have already stated, Melo, Amare and Chandler would form for the best overall NBA frontcourt. We would dominate the boards with Melo at SF, Amare at PF and Chandler at Center. Cant forget about Fields either, who was one of the top rebounding guards as a rookie last season. We ranked I believe 4th in blocks last year, so with the addition of a true defensive center such as Chandler, NY would begin to contest shots down low like the Knick teams of the 90s. We could have a strong frontcourt of Melo, Amare and Chandler, to go along with scrappy backcourt full of defensive minded guards in TD23, Fields and rookie Shumpert.
I learned during the early 90s, with guys such as Starks, Mason, Oakley and Ewing, how pivotal and crucial defensive ability and rebounding on the boards have always been. Knick fans have always taken pride in our teams ability to defend on the defensive side of the ball. Defense is on the verge of coming back to NY.
Why would we need a max contract at the PG position, when last year with Felton, Douglas, and an oftern injured Billups, the Knicks ranked 2nd in offensive scoring with 106.6 points per game? Like scoring or offensive ability is a concern, when you have two of the NBAs top 5-10 scorers in Carmelo and Amare.
CP3 is a want, not a need.
But yet, NY ranked 27th, allowing 105.7 points per game. 26th in FG% against. Since we were awful on defense, we were forced to foul down low. We ranked 25th, allowing teams an average of 26.4 free throw attempts per game. We ranked 21st in offensive rebounds per game. 26th in offensive rebounds against. 18th in defensive rebounds per game. 28th in defensive rebounds against. 19th in total rebounds per game. 28th in total rebounds against. Great rebounding teams, such as Chicago, had a +471 differential. The Knicks ranked 28th in boarding, with a -293 DIFF.
Chandler is a 7 foot 1 inch defensive center who ranked 10th overall in rebounding last year, and his overall defensive ability is strong for a big man.
With all that said, the NBA is still a business. If Amare never complained about being due $18,217,705 this year, I wouldnt cry if we moved Amare for CP3 (while keeping our younger pieces) to form a trio of CP3, Melo and Tyson at the PG, SF and C positions.
Regardless, if we land Chandler, hopefully we sign Grant Hill to come off the bench as a veteral role player.
Last edited by NY-Jets; 12-08-2011 at 03:53 PM.