The New York Knicks had their four committed free agent sign their names on the dotted line. In doing so, it used up all of the Knicks available cap space leaving them with only the $2.8 million exception. Phil Jackson did his very best to try and retain Jason Smith using this but he left for Orlando for $4.5 million.
Here are some players New York could use their exception on:
Guard, New York Knicks
2015 Knicks Statistics: 14.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game || 40% FG, 38% 3PT, 78% FT
New York acquired Shved at the 2015 trading deadline from Houston. In his sixteen games and nine starts with the team Shved played surprisingly well. The Russian adapted to the triangle quickly and showed nice versatility. Shved attacks the rim where he finished and gets to the line, he also has a nice touch from beyond the ark. The 6’6 guard has solid court vision and plays within the system. Defensively he had a knack for getting into the passing lanes, but Shved’s on ball defense was hard to watch. Shved said he’d like to remain with the Knicks as they were the team who game him an opportunity but there are other NBA and European clubs seeking his services.
Forward, Miami Heat
2015 Heat Statistics: 8.8 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game || 43% FG, 26% 3PT, 77% FT
Beasley has struggled to find a home in the NBA due to all of his personal and off the floor issues. However, he can put the ball in the basket, and in many different ways. Beasley is athletic and can finish around the rim, post-up, hit the mid and long range jumper and beat you off the dribble. The journeyman is also a good passer and sees the floor well. An area of concern is Beasley’s awareness and focus, he has far too many lapses in concentration on defense and that’s what makes him hopeless on that end. Another area where he is solid is on the boards, Beasley has grabbed close to six rebounds per 36 minutes over his career.
Forward, Indiana Pacers
2014-15 Statistics: 6.2 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, 1 assists per game || 36% FG, 31% 3PT, 73% FT
Copeland can shoot the lights out on any given night, as we all saw in 2013. Copeland has limitless range and a smooth stroke to go along with it. For someone who isn’t that agile, Copeland is surprisingly elusive off the dribble, especially for someone of his frame. Other than shooting he doesn’t provide much. Copeland is still a liability on the defensive end and he seems to shy away from banging on the boards. As good of a shooter as he is, the former Knick tended to fall in love with the long bomb last season, taking 55% of his shots from behind the ark and a whopping 69% in 2013-14. Copeland is also hopeless athletically and can often be predictable.
Forward, New York Knicks
2014-15 Statistics: 5.9 points per game, 4 rebounds per game || 46% FG, 30% 3PT, 78% FT
The 24-year-old showed a nice touch from the perimeter, hitting on 41% of his shots from 10-16 feet away. As the season rolled on Acy gradually extended his range beyond the ark, connecting on twenty of sixty shots from long range. The 6’7 forward made his mark on the offensive glass. For a player who’s not known for his offense, Acy converted 67% of shots around the basket. Defensively Acy showcased his ability to defend multiple positions. He pulled down 8.4 rebounds per 36 minutes and Acy used his athleticism to his advantage defensively, regularly getting into the passing lanes and knocking balls loose resulting in many highlight-reel dunks.
Guard / Forward, Los Angeles Lakers
2013-14 Statistics: 10 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 1 steal per game || 41% FG, 35% 3PT, 66% FT
Henry broke out in the ’13-14 season. He showed a nice touch on his jump shot from all over the court and he was very creative off the dribble. Henry was able to creat open jumpers for himself as well as slithering his way to the hoop. The five year pro is also athletic and it was on full display in transition. Henry has always been a good defender, he has good lateral movement and lateral quickness, being long always helps too. Henry regularly got into the passing lanes igniting the fast break for the Lakers. He is a scorer through and through but doubles as a handy defender.
Guard, New Orleans Pelicans
2014-15 Statistics: 3.6 points per game, 1.2 assists, 0.8 rebounds per game || 38% FG, 19% 3PT, 96% FT
As I am sure that you know, Fredette has limitless ranges and needs no air stance whatsoever to get off his shot. He’s able to catch and shoot, hit off the dribble and Jimmer can also basically pull up from anywhere and drain it. When he’s run off the line, Fredette simply takes one dribble inside the arc and knocks it down. Other than his jump shooting ability there isn’t much else to the 26-year-old. He’s a poor defender due to a lack of athleticism and Fredette is a shoot-first, shoot-second, pass-third guard who doesn’t have the best passing ability. He hasn’t come to fruition in the NBA yet.
Guard, Orlando Magic
2014-15 Statistics: 6.2 points per game, 1.1 rebounds per game || 44% FG, 36% 3PT, 84% FT
A former Knick killer and unstoppable scoring force, Ben Gordon can still stroke it from long range. He is terrific at curling off screens and he can create threes, mid-range jumpers and shots at the basket off the dribble. We mustn’t forget that Mr. Gordon is what you’d call “much in the clutch”; he has a killer instinct. The New York native is also a quality defender mainly due to his fame and physicality, Gordon also has the basics down to a fine art. An area of concern relating to Gordon is his attitude, he really didn’t get along with his coaches in Detroit and Charlotte.
Forward / Centre, Denver Nuggets
2014-15 Statistics: 6.6 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1 assist per game || 40% FG, 24% 3PT, 78% FT
Arthur is a good mid range shooter as he connects on 46% of his opportunity from that distance. Over the past two seasons in Denver, the 27-year-old has developed a decent three point shot and when he’s left wide open Arthur will make you pay. Despite knee surgery, he’s still quite athletic. Arthur runs the floor well and can still elevate above the rim. For a player of his size – 6’9, 235 lbs – Arthur is an underwhelming presence on the boards, grabbing just 5.9 rebounds in every 36 minutes of action. He is hit-and-miss defensively, Arthur shows flashes of being a good defender and he also shows flashes of being a complete non-factor, mainly due to many lapses in concentration and focus.
Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 Cavaliers Statistics: 12.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game || 43% FG, 39% 3PT, 82% FT
We already know what we’d be getting from J.R. Smith. He can shoot the lights out, catch fire at any moment and his range had no limits. Smith is also adept at creating shits off the dribble, he’s able to get but his opponents an then hitting them with his patented spin or step-back move which almost always goes in. He is a huge threat in transition. Smith is an underrated passer and he sees the floor well. Not only does he create shots for himself off the dribble but Smith excels at drawing the defense’s attention and then hitting the open man. Smith is an average on-ball defender who often loses focus but he is good at disrupting the passing lanes and coming up with steals.
Guard, Phoenix Suns
2014-15 Statistics: 8.9 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game || 41% FG, 42% 3PT, 82% FT
Thornton is a shooter through and through and his jumper is deadly. He is another player that has out of the gym range and he also needs no time or no air space to release his shot. Thornton can create shots for himself off the dribble and is fairly elusive. He’s also a threat running off screens and especially in transition. Thornton can get to the basket but it’s mainly on the fast break. Defensively he is a nightmare, Thornton plays no on-ball defense whatsoever and his off-ball defense is just as bad. He rarely looks to help out on the boards but rather decides to leak out and cherry pick. Another concern of Thornton’s is that he’s a shot-chucker and his shot selection is poor.
Forward, Portland Trail Blazers
2014-15 Statistics: 4.6 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game || 38% FG, 38% 3PT, 81% FT
Wright’s forte is shooting but he’s fairly inconsistent and has long cold streaks. The veteran is most successful in transition or when sitting in the short corner. Wright is a good athlete who gets up and down the floor and he has the ability to rise up high and throw one down.when he gets to the basket, Wright converts 60% of his attempts. He has proven that he can score he basketball, averaging 16.5 points per game a few seasons ago with the Warriors. Wright is a good perimeter defender, mainly due to his quickness, superb footwork and length. He’s able to obstruct his opponents view of the game.
Forward, Dallas Mavericks
2014-15 Statistics: 6.3 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game || 41% FG, 38% 3PT, 60% FT
After having an awful last three seasons in Detroit, Villanueva revived his career last season with the Dallas Mavericks. When he received decent playing time he was a solid contributor for Rick Carlisle’s team. Villanueva showed that he still has the soft touch from long range and that he can shoot the ball from all over the court. For a big man, Villanueva gets his jumper off in a hurry and no room is needed for it to be let go. The 6’11 forward has a deadly mid-range jump shot! canning 55% of his attempts from 16 feet out to the three point line. He’s also a decent mid-post player, mainly because of his 245 lbs frame, Villanueva has a nice fadeaway in the post. He’s a shocking defender and constant injuries have completely derailed any hope of being a factor on this end.
Guard, Fenebahce Ulker (Turkey)
2014-15 Statistics: 17 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game || 52% FG, 46% 3PT, 87% FT
Goudelack is a deadly jump shooter whose range extends well beyond the line marked out on the floor. He is very quick and an excellent ball handed which results is Goudelack being a monster off the dribble. He’s able to create jumpers for himself from behind the arc and inside of it and Goudelack can also get to the basket with relative ease where he’s a reasonable consistent finisher. His true value lies on the defensive end. Due to his speed, quickness and agility Goudelack is a great perimeter defender who doesn’t get beaten all that often. He has a good defensive stance and usually keeps his hands out and straight up.
Guard, Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA D-League
2014 Xinjiang Statistics: 25.2 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game
2015 Mad Ants Statistics: 22.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game || 39% FG, 35% 3PT, 90% FT
Crawford is a stats sheet stuffer, he can fill up the box score. His bread and butter is definitely scoring the basketball. Crawford has a smooth jump shot from both mid and long range. He is a great ball handler which enables him to create open jumpers for himself, open shots for his teammates and to get to the basket. Crawford has great court vision, he always has his head up and is looking to make the next pass. The 26-year-old is also a quality defender, Crawford is very quick and has good footwork which allows him to stay attached to his opponent. He frequently gets into the passing lanes and comes up with steals, igniting the fast break.