Found October 23, 2012 on
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With the injury to Stoudemire, I threw a few ideas out on twitter about players that the Knicks should look at to help cover potential long term issues with Stoudemire’s body. I know the Knicks have Wallace in the wings but there is no timetable for him hitting the court, Copeland after having a rough first game vs. the Wizards has done absolutely nothing wrong and is proving to be a handful on the offensive end of the floor.
Copeland has come off the bench and has had his success vs. 2nd and 3rd unit players during this pre-season, but that is all we need during the season. He needs to get a bit more aggressive on the defensive end more, in regards to his rebounding, but apart from that I don’t see many things I don’t like.
The 2 games Copeland has stood out in the most have come against our biggest rival in the Atlantic the Boston Celtics. If you look at Copeland’s statistics in the 2 games versus the Celtics he has had played 55 minutes scored 55 points. He is shooting 17 from 29 from the field (.586), 3 from 8 from beyond the arc (.375), 18 from 22 from the line (.818) and averaging 5 rebounds and 1 block per game.
Once again, I know it has happened in pre-season, but Copeland has been one of the guys that seems to be improving every game. He can stretch the floor with his range and is also being very aggressive in getting to the basket, and if he gets fouled he is almost a lock from the line. More of the Knicks need to follow his example.
There is a lot to like about his game and he has a lot to offer. Even though Copeland is in the higher end of his 20′s he is still a younger option and he has been with the Knicks from the start of camp. This is important in my opinion, because he has had time to gel with the players, work with the 2nd unit guys and build some chemistry.
The chemistry in particular with Prigioni, has been one of the big highlights for me this pre-season. Prigioni knows where Copeland is always and he also knows that Copeland will continue to work to get open. If you watch Copeland closely he never stands still, and a few times in the 2nd game versus the Celtics, he tried to run a pick and roll play 3 times, by just running his opponent round and round in circles. Prigioni just waits for the best time to get him the ball then, bingo the ball went in the basket. They are working well together so, why would the Knicks think of looking elsewhere when a lot of the hard work has already been done.
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