Both Berman and Adamek are reporting that Curry practiced today. It goes without saying that seven seconds or less doesn’t jive well the plodding Curry’s abilities. But he can still contribute in several ways:
- He can trail fast breaks and bull through the lane for easy baskets. This will require Curry to be in shape and, while he won’t need to be the first player up the court, he will need to get up the court and do it fast. Is he capable? I guess we’ll see.
- Take up space in the paint on D. As most any Knicks fan can tell you, opposing teams are able to just waltz their way into the paint. Even outside shooters like Wally Szczerbiak have torched the Knicks inside. It happens every game. Well, Curry doesn’t block shots, but he can take up space and interfere with drives. Often all it takes to turn a make into a miss is to get in someone’s way, even if the shot isn’t blocked. Curry is a big body that can get in a cutter’s or penetrator’s way and alter a shot without necessarily blocking it.
- He is a low post presence. The Knicks have been living and dying (mostly dying lately) on their jump shooting. When the shots don’t fall, the Knicks lose. Curry is a high percentage shot kind of player, with excellent shooting percentages over his career. Also, when the Knicks are forced into playing in the half-court set, they have no threat down low and nobody who commands a double team. Curry has the potential to represent both of those.
- Depth. Another competent body on the floor will be invaluable at this point to spell some players on this tired, injured squad.
- Balance. He is the Knicks one true Center (besides Jerome James).
Ideally, Curry will contribute in all or most of the ways listed above, leading to some wins. If that happens, look for the Knicks to trade Curry for cap space and filler. I know some of you don’t want to hear that and instead want Curry to stick around if he helps us win. Well, this is a fundamental disagreement amongst many in the Knicks community and will continue to be over this season and the next. In my opinion, if Curry is successful and the Knicks are able to trade him for the aforementioned peices, the Knicks’ long term plan will move forward by leaps and bounds.