Oh, how the playoffs change everything. In our last edition, Tyson Chandler was a “walking double-double,” J-Kidd “could average 1.5 steals and 1.5 treys in his sleep,” and I hoped that Dolan was “more willing to open the wallet for J.R. than he was for Jeremy Lin.” Twelve postseason games turned our rankings upside-down.
Since we don’t know who is staying and who is going this summer, these players are ranked assuming that they’ll be back with the Knicks next season
1. Carmelo Anthony (Last: 1) - 2012-13 Stats - 28.7 points 6.9 rebounds 2.3 assists 2.3 threes 0.8 steals 0.5 blocks
Melo will no doubt be holding down the number one spot of these rankings at all times, barring a trip to the injured reserve. He led the league in scoring and finished as a top-fifteen player in both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues. Next season should bring more of the same.
2. J.R. Smith (Last: 2) - 2012-13 Stats - 18.1 points 5.3 rebounds 2.7 assists, 1.9 threes 1.3 steals 0.3 blocks
We all know about my sentiments towards J.R. by this point, but despite his obvious flaws, it’s going to be tough to replace that type of production. Smith wants to be back and if he’s willing to take less, he’ll be the one shouldering the secondary scoring load again. His biggest fantasy contribution comes on the glass, where he ranked sixth amongst shooting guards.
3. Tyson Chandler (Last: 3) - 2012-13 Stats - 10.4 points 10.7 rebounds 0.9 assists 0.6 steals 1.1 blocks
Most fans are down on Chandler right now, but I’m willing to be a little more lenient. He was obviously not at a hundred percent in the postseason and this team isn’t going anywhere without his defensive leadership, even if he allowed Roy Hibbert to look like Hakeem Olajuwon. In fantasy circles, Chandler is as solid of a rebounder you can find and he’ll always be amongst the league leaders, if not the top dog, in field goal percentage.
4. Iman Shumpert (Last: 5) - 2012-13 Stats - 6.3 points 3.0 rebounds 1.4 assists, 1.1 threes 0.9 steals 0.2 blocks
Even though he only rose one spot, Shump was the biggest winner of the Knicks playoff run. In 12 postseason games he averaged 28 minutes a night, grabbing 6.0 rebounds 1.5 threes and 1.1 steals. Essentially, he replaced J.R.’s statistics. If he’s let loose and cleans up his field goal percentage a bit, Shump could be a nice fantasy draft day sleeper
5. Raymond Felton (Last: 4) - 2012-13 Stats - 13.9 points 2.9 rebounds 5.5 assists 1.4 threes 1.4 steals
Felton finished the season strong and you can legitimately argue that if it weren’t for him the Knicks wouldn’t have been able to get past the Celtics. A poorly timed sprained ankle ruined the rest of his postseason, but he should still be serviceable in fantasy leagues next season, especially as a shooting guard. This year he ranked eight amongst shooting guards in assists per game.
6. Amar’e Stoudemire (Last: 6) - 2012-13 Stats - 14.2 points 5.0 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals 0.7 blocks
While it’s by no means guaranteed, as long as he can stay healthy, there’s no reason why STAT can’t average 14-16 points per game next year. He showed some flashes of his dominance this season, but he’ll never be the fantasy stud he once was.
7. Chris Copeland (Last: 8) - 2012-13 Stats - 7.8 points 2.0 rebounds 0.4 assists, 1.0 threes 0.3 steals 0.2 blocks
Cope showed he can dominate when given the reigns at the end of the regular season, but can do he do it night-in and night-out if he’s given more run? Knicks fans will no doubt be keeping an eye out for him on their fantasy draft boards, but aside from scoring he won’t really contribute too much. If he can improve his defense over the summer though, everything is thrown out.
8. Kenyon Martin (Last: 12) - 2012-13 Stats - 7.2 points 5.2 rebounds 0.4 assists 0.9 steals 0.9 blocks
Martin said he wants to be back in New York next season and as long as he doesn’t demand too much money, it should happen. His fantasy value will only be limited if the Knicks hold him back in the regular season to save him for the playoffs, Shump style.
9. Pablo Prigioni (Last: 11) - 2012-13 Stats - 3.4 points 1.8 rebounds 3.0 assists, 0.7 threes 0.9 steals
Pablo’s wife doesn’t like it here, which scares me in to thinking he won’t be back, but if he returns he will be a more than welcome addition. He doesn’t have too much fantasy appeal unless your league is deeper than 12 teams.
10. Steve Novak (Last: 9) - 2012-13 Stats - 6.5 points 1.8 rebounds 0.4 assists, 1.8 threes 0.4 steals 0.1 blocks
Even if he’s only on the floor for 15 minutes a night, Novak can average close to 2.0 threes per night. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any other weapons and his fantasy game is just as one dimensional as his real one.
11. Marcus Camby (Last: 10) - 2012-13 Stats - 1.8 points 3.3 rebounds 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals 0.6 blocks
Camby was probably the most disappointing Knick this season, but because of his contract he’ll most likely be back next year. I still respect his game and hope he can stay healthy enough to at least play in more than 24 games.
12. Jason Kidd (Last: 7) - 2012-13 Stats - 6.0 points 4.3 rebounds 3.2 assists, 1.5 threes 1.7 steals 0.3 blocks
Kidd didn’t make a single trey between editions. Retirement? Buy out? Something please.
13. James White (Last: 14) - 2012-13 Stats - 1.6 points 0.6 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.2 threes 0.2 steals
I was a “Flight White” fan for the week or two leading up to the dunk contest, but that’s about it. Why did he start again?
14. Quentin Richardson (Last: N/A) - 2012-13 Stats – 1 game played (5 points, 10 rebounds, 1 three)
I can’t see him getting a roster spot next season if the team is going to try and get a little younger.
15. Rasheed Wallace (Last: 13) - 2012-13 Stats - 7.2 points 4.2 rebounds 0.3 assists, 1.1 threes 0.7 steals 0.8 blocks
I would love to see Sheed back, even in a limited capacity, but he seems ready to ride off in to the sunset…again.