More Knicks Knotes
With this second deal, the Knick rotation starts to make a lot more sense:
Chris Duhon, Mobley, Nate Robinson, Quentin Richardson, Anthony Roberson
Wilson Chandler, Al Harrington, David Lee, Tim Thomas
Jared Jeffries, Malik Rose, Eddy Curry
For fantasy purposes, the big question is, who starts at the two? You could make a case for Mobley, for Richardson, or even for Robinson. I suspect it will be Mobley, at least initially -- I think Mike D'Antoni likes the energy that Robinson and Wilson Chandler bring to the second unit.
And don't forget -- it was Tim Thomas' performance during his brief stint in Phoenix that earned him his free-agent contract with the Clippers. We already know he's a good fit for D'Antoni's system. Could he be the Knicks' new starting center?
Either way, as I mentioned in my first Knick post of the night, the top seven-to-eight guys in D'Antoni's rotation will be worth owning... though the new-look Knicks seem a bit less explosive offensively without Crawford and Randolph.
As for the Clippers end of the deal, Randolph is an excellent low-post scorer who will replace Elton Brand's role in the offense. The only problem is, Randolph had a lot of problems last season adapting to sharing the floor with another low-post big man. He can probably play with Marcus Camby... but where does that leave Chris Kaman? One of the Clipper big men will wind up with a big downgrade as a result of this deal.