Its seems that the NBA market is fluctuating and the New York Knicks have settled on a big move. Former 3 point ace Steve Novak & veteran center Marcus Camby have been traded to the Toronto Raptors officially this morning. In this deal the Knicks have obtained 27 year old Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani is a Power Forward/Center and will be a great replacement for the 39 year old center Camby.
Youthful players are exactly what the Knicks need even if it means trading some of the Knicks more favorable players. Novak’s production from beyond the ark had seem to decrease towards the end of last season. Although Novak only averaged about 18 minutes per game his 3 point accuracy has shown some deficiency and his average 3 point attempts per game dropped by almost 2 from last year to about 4 per game. Last season he had the highest three point percentage in the league at .478 but dropped to 11th place this year with a .425 average.
Camby is leaning towards the end of his career anyways, predicted to only have a couple more good years in him at the most.What Camby did bring to the Knicks was tons of experience and a huge defensive presence in the back court coming off the bench. Camby played a small part in the Knicks run in the playoffs last year. Although It seemed that injuries were the biggest problem the Knicks had to worry about last year, and with Camby out, this is one less injury prone player they have to worry about.
Bargnani is a decent overall type of player. He averaged 12.7 points per game last season while grabbing around 4 rebounds per game. He has height which is a good addition to the Knicks and will be a good back up for Tyson Chandler. Overall I believe this was a good & necessary step for the the Knicks to take for them to be taken seriously as a NBA Title contender but, the two will be greatly missed by Knicks fans everywhere.
- Marcus Camby unhappy with the Knicks and with trade to Toronto (newsday.com)
- Knicks close to obtaining Andrea Bargnani for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, picks (newsday.com)
- Knicks Trade Steve Novak, Marcus Camby to Raptors For Andrea Bargnani (slamonline.com)