Would the Knicks really be dumb enough to take back Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson in exchange for Ronny Turiaf?
The internets are alive today, reporting on the rampage of Otis Smith from this weekend. Apparently, Otis wants to be that guy in your fantasy league that makes a billion trade requests just to see who will bite.
He just finished trading three of the most untradable contracts in the NBA for one another and he isn’t done. Reports now say that his next target is Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks for Chris “I can’t believe they pay me for this” Duhon.
Chris Duhon finished his two-year tour as the starting PG of the Knicks averaging 9.3 points, 6.4 assists 39.7% shooting in 34 minutes per game. Nothing about that stat line will explain why the Orlando Magic actually offered him a contract this off-season. Then again those same Magic just traded for Gilbert Arenas’s and Hedo Turkoglu’s atrocious contracts. Outside of those stats, Duhon also boasts the worst Offensive and Defensive Efficiency ratings on the Magic, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
There isn’t much bad to say about Quentin. The problem is that there isn’t much good to say, either. He is a decent defender and a mediocre offensive player. Exactly the type of player who D’Antoni doesn’t want or need on this team.
As for Ronny?
While his numbers don’t immediately jump out at you, he is only seeing 19 minutes of playing time a game. Yet he still finds ways to positively impact the Knicks. According to 82games.com, of the top five 5-man defensive units the Knicks play, four of them feature Turiaf at center. And of the top ten, eight of them have the Frenchman locking down the middle. As for offense, Ronny is part of two of the top five offensive 5-man units. The other three feature Amar’e at center, naturally.
Ronny is also top four on the Knicks in the following categories: FG% (#1), TS% (#2), eFG% (#2), OREB% (#4 ), BLK% (#2) and AST% (#2). That last one totally boggles the mind.
But it’s not always about stats, Turiaf’s intangibles make him a must have for any competitive team. His antics, passion and hustle all make him a fan favorite and a spark plug for the team.
The Knicks already have a stable of guards that can shoot them out of any lead, why add two more? The Knicks need more size if they want to battle with the Celtics and Lakers. Unless the Knicks plan on sending out a search party for Anthony Randolph, who is playing 8.6 minutes per game, their back-up center would be Timofey Mozgov. Who? This guy? Yea, exactly.
If Donnie Walsh signs off on this deal, he should just as well start signing his name Isiah Thomas.