Marcus Camby Is Just What the New York Knicks Need off the Bench

July 7th, 2012 by Naveen Maliakkal Leave a reply »
As reported by ESPN, the Knicks appear to lead the Marcus Camby sweepstakes. If the Knicks acquire Camby, they will have a legitimate center to back up Tyson Chandler.

Too many times last season, when Tyson Chandler got into foul trouble, the Knicks would implode defensively and failed to secure rebounds after the first miss. While Josh Harrellson and Jared Jeffries are hardworking role players, they do not serve as solid post defenders, excellent rebounders, or rim protectors.

Marcus Camby helps to alleviate those woes the Knicks had when Chandler was not on the floor. He is an excellent rebounder (above 20 percent TRB) which the Knicks desperately need as Stoudemire has yet to become an average rebounder for his position. Despite all his physical tools, Stoudemire never seems to come up with the rebound the Knicks need. With Camby, that should become much less of a problem.

While Camby does not have the high level athleticism he used to when he excelled as a Knick earlier in his career, he still blocks shots at a respectable rate. This means that the Knicks can continue to protect the rim when Tyson Chandler is not on the floor.

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