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Can Galinari and Curry Fulfill Your Fantasy? Hoopsworld Thinks So.

I am not much of a fantasy basketball fan, but it is clearly a huge activity that provides interesting analysis of statistical info.

D’Antoni’s Knicks typically receive favorable outlooks before the pre-season because fantasy players know that a few players on the Knicks will have excellent offensive statistics.  In his series identifying the best fantasy draft prospects and “sleepers” for every team, Tommy Beer of Hoopsworld, points to the potential of Danilo Galinari and Eddie Curry.

He writes:

With the Sixers, Nets, Raptors, and Celtics previews already complete – that leaves just one Atlantic Division squad remaining: The New York Knicks. Despite their poor win/loss record, the Knickerbockers are coached by the one and only Mike D’Antoni, which means they are guaranteed to provide some fantasy fireworks….

Again, I’ll attempt to select a couple of players from each squad that, for one reason or another, may currently be undervalued relative to their projected production and draft position.  Sometimes this is an All-Star caliber player that I believe should be drafted a round or two ahead of his commonly assumed ranking.  Or possibly a former stud that will be returning from an injury and could potentially be flying slightly under the radar.  And of course we will be searching for those elusive “sleepers;” players drafted in the very late rounds, or scooped off the waiver-wire, that end up as integral parts of championship-winning fantasy teams…


Danilo Gallinari: We’ve all been there before: It’s the last round of the draft and you are looking to take a flier, hoping that you’ll be able to cash in on a lucky, late-round lottery ticket.  Well, this season, Danilo Gallinari is a name to consider with that last pick…

The stage is set for another weird, unpredictable season in NYC.  GM Donnie Walsh has made it abundantly clear time and again that he is steadfastly focused on clearing out cap space for the “Summer of 2010” free-agent class.  Thus, the majority of the players currently on the Knicks roster won’t be a part of the organization this time next year.  While the Knickerbockers will obviously try to win every game they play this season, Walsh and D’Antoni also have to keep an eye on the future as well.  That means developing and showcasing the talent they view as building blocks of the franchise.  Thus, expect to see Wilson Chandler to get plenty of playing time and shot attempts.  However, we got a healthy dose of Chandler last season when, as a 21-year old in just his second NBA season, Chandler averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 boards. He also set a team record last year, as he became the first Knick ever to average over 33 minutes per game at the ripe age of 21.  So don’t expect Wilson’s production to go unnoticed by other GM’s in your league.

On the other hand, Gallinari, coming of a disappointing rookie campaign marred by a debilitating back injury, qualifies as a legit sleeper.  He played in only 28 contests last season, and averaged a scant 15 minutes per game, but he did show some positive signs.  In particular, his efficiency was noteworthy.  He shot 44.8% from the field, and impressively canned 44.4% of his three-point attempts and 96.3% of his free-throws.  Moreover, the Knicks love this kid – Check out these comments from D’Antoni (via John Schuhmann, “What we’ve seen of him and what we know of him as a person, a leader and all that, we think he can be a top-level player in this league,” D’Antoni said. “He’s definitely one of the best shooters in the league, without a doubt. He’s 6-10, knows how to play and is a better defender than what most people think.”

Of course, the biggest question mark regarding Gallo is his back.  If he can stay healthy, I feel confident the Knicks will give him every opportunity to play extended minutes.  Yes, New York currently has plenty of wings on the roster, but how many of those guys are the Knicks truly committed to long-term?  Expect D’Antoni to lean on Danilo, especially in the second half of the season, as the Knicks fade out of the playoff picture.

Eddy Curry: On a related note, the Knicks would LOVE to see Curry show up to training camp in shape and play well this season. As I outlined in an article earlier this summer, Curry’s 2009-2010 season is vital to the future of the entire franchise.  Per the piece, Donnie Walsh would be overjoyed if he found a team willing to gamble on Curry and accept his cap-killing pact.  But the only way there is even a remote chance of the Knicks moving Curry’s contract would be if Eddy played well over the first few months of the season.  And believe it or not, the idea is not completely far-fetched if Curry can somehow come into camp in shape and motivated.  It was just two winters ago that Curry looked like he was on the verge of blossoming into a dominant NBA center.  Back in December of 2006, Curry averaged 21.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.  As the calendar flipped to the New Year, Curry’s rampage continued.  In January of that season, he scored over 22 points per night (while shooting a remarkable 63.3% from the field) and chipped in 6.6 boards.  During that stretch, he ripped off eleven straight 20-point games (the first Knick since Patrick Ewing to accomplish such a feat – no other Knick has done it since).  In February, he was averaging up over 20 PPG and 7 boards once again – and the buzz around New York City was that Curry deserved to be named to the All-Star team.  That 2006-2007 season, Curry led the NBA in ‘points in the paint.’  And he finished fourth in the league in field-goal percentage at 57.6%, just ahead of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer.  Eddy Curry was just 24 years old.  In recent NBA history, how many other 24-year old true centers have averaged 19.5 points and 7 rebounds per game over a full season?

We all know the nightmare that has been Curry’s career and personal life in the time since the end of that ’06-’07 campaign, but word out of the Windy City is that Eddy has lost plenty of weight this summer and is looking to revive his career.  Well, Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh will give him every opportunity to do so.  If Curry plays even decently in the preseason, they will hand him the starting center gig and hope for the best.  We shall keep an eye on the situation and see how it plays out…

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September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Danilo Gallinari, Eddie Curry


  1. Fanatics,

    Fantasy Basketball

    Happy Week
    Old babes (all at least 60 or dead)
    Curry returning strong
    Roost-Ta a star.

    It all sounds like a fantasy or a dream.

    Peace & Blessings

    Comment by Statesman2 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. from the New York Times

    “MOSCOW (AP) — Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov says in his personal blog that he has made an offer to buy the New Jersey Nets.

    Prokhorov, considered Russia’s richest man, said Tuesday on his blog that he sent team shareholders an offer over the weekend. Under the proposal, Prokhorov’s holding company Onexim would obtain a controlling share in the Nets in return for loaning the money to build a new arena.

    No monetary figures were given, but the blog posting says the controlling shares would be obtained for ”a symbolic price.”

    Nets owner Bruce Ratner faces a December deadline for his plan to build an arena in Brooklyn and move his team there in 2011. The construction needs to break ground by then or lose access to tax-free bonds financing much of the project.”

    Let’s see now, One of the world’s richest men just in time,2010, to do business with the world’s greediest athletes.Sounds like a match made in Sodom, oops NYC.You gonna let him into the big boys’club David?700 million, why not make an offer on the Knicks?Be careful what you wish for…

    Comment by Tman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Some Thoughts on the Headline:

    Assuming Curry arrives in training camp svelt and exhibits flashes of his old form, he will likely get the starting job at center in the preseason and early season in order to showcase his potential for trade purposes. This means that Lee or Darko will shift to the power forward spot. Lee has yet to demonstate a consistent outside shot; whereas Darko has known J talent around the circle.

    It also means that Lee may not start or his minutes will be somewhat restricted. He may also have to share some minutes with Jordan Hill. His total double-double productivity may therefore diminish (and thus his value for 2010) and this explains, in part, his reluctance to sign the one-year offer from Walsh.

    If Walsh can somehow miraculously trade Curry (preferably for a NO 1 draft choice/lottery pick) by mid-season, then Lee will see more court time with Darko in the middle. The rookie Hill will then be able to play some minutes at either 4 or the 5 spot.

    With respect to Danillo Gallinari, D’Antoni will have to divide minutes between Gallo, Harrington and Chandler at small forward. I expect Chandler (and Gallo or Harrington at times) can move to play the 2 guard. This means that N8 will have to play back-up point to Duhon, although N8 is most effective at the 2 spot. I suspect that Larry Hughes will ride the bench (hopefully) most of the season, though if he starts it would also be for showcase reasons; Hughes, however, can better defend taller 2 guards than N8 as can Jeffries, who has also shown he can guard (but not play) the point. Somehow D’Antoni will have to find playing time for Tony Douglas if he is to develop as point guard back-up to Duhon. This too, may limit N8’s floor time.

    Even though the Knick prospects are dismal this season, it should be worth watching how D’Antoni moves his pieces (who have varied offensive, if not defensive, talent) in the course of games as well as during the season. The 15th spot is still open and D’Antoni will have to measure the relative skills among those invited to training camp: Sun Yue, Warren Carter, and Gabe Pruitt. If D’Antoni’s Knicks can win more than 35 games with what Walsh has assembled in “cap space” parsimony, he will deserve much credit. Stay tuned. LGK

    Comment by Post-up Prince | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Prince, you hit on the key issue. Forget about what management did this summer; how is D’Antoni going to manage this team? What are his goals this season? It’s easy ot say, he wants to win, but this season is really probably about developing the young guns. How long do you experiment with Curry and Darko? Lee can’t sit on the bench for too long; he is the only thing that keeps Duhon at least slightly effective.

      This season is really like starting over for D’Antoni. He’s got a lot to decide: needs to decide how he is going to run his offense and how much emphasis he is going to put on D? When do the big guys get in and how many non-shooters do you put on the floor simultaneously.

      My guess is that at some point Douglas and Duhon will share the floor, moving Duhon to the 2. Did you notice how D’Antoni moved him to the 2 when Nate was on the floor? That is not a bad spot for Duhon who can hit the tre and may be able to play better D with Toney “D” on the floor.

      I’m also believing that D’Antoni doesn’t have a clue at this point, except that he knows the traditional lineups will not work with this group until he knows more about what his players can do with their skills and with their teammates. We might want to count the lineup changes during the first ten games to figure out how he gets to a rotation of 8 or ten.

      The matchups, chemistry and hot hands will dictate rotations, not traditional 1-5 roles. I see Chandler on the floor with Nate (people hate that), Duhon (eventually Douglas), Harrington and Lee a lot. (I don’t see Nate starting). Hill is a situational player for now. Gallo will have to work himself into shape to play starter minutes. This is his rookie season — I don’t expect a lot even if he is healthy. Jeffries should see a lot of time unless Darko and Curry are awesome. Those are my initial thoughts about the rotation without seeing training camp and pre-season games.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Knicks Happy Week! GO KNICKS!!!!!!

    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. LIVES, Kncik SPirit Week is a resounding success Dawg! One thing we can say about the Fanatics, they are consistent and just all out diverse in skill and opinions.


    I just want to give a shout out to Sturdy Steady, TMAN, and our very PUP for some thoughtful posts. Is it me Gents, or does it seem like we’ve got a 007, James Bond, type of THANG GOING DOWN in the NYC… THe Richest Brudder Man in Russia invading the NBA like a Topedo style Ice Cycle zooming in from Siberia with the Cold, Cold, Cash… Man, we all know how Homie made most of his dough… Next THANG you know, all kind of FREAKY Shyte is going to be happening in the NYC… I just might have to find me a Condo in the city so I can take in the Fireworks…. I Like Cold, Cold, Cash, too…SHYTE, now I can pull out the His and Her Furs out the Vault and Role Easy on the Westside or in the Big B… Now that the Protege’s are out of the Crib and making their own Cheddar with their own CREWS, I might have to consider going back UPTOWN and Take another huge bite out of the Apple…It tasted good the first time and set a BRUDDER UP!

    Top DAWG, the THREAD is slammin and jammin, and once again I thank you for your due diligence and unparalleled thoughfulness BRUDDER LIVES… Btw Dawg, I had your script all set and we were going to bounce some a**… TOUCHDOWN!
    SHHHHHH Be Quiet!


    Keep it POPPIN and the realism CRACKIN GENTS…

    Your Brother from another Mother!

    Comment by Cooleyhigh | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • ROFLMAO. Bro-man, I already knew that if I needed someone to prop me up when my knees buckled and the words got caught in my throat you would be there keeping me focused and on point.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. The “Deal” is done.Can LeBronski be far behind?Read this AP article and weep gents.They are now the Moskow Netski’s playing in downtown Brooklyn.Is Brighton Beach a possible destination?Nah, too far from Mannahatta.According to the AP article, Stern is very much on board, so the Board of Gov.s won’t object.They are too far up his Azz to object to the smell of shyte.The word for today, and tomorrow, and the day after that, and, you get the picture, is “circumvent”.LeBron and every other capitalist in the league is going to be figuring how to get their hands on foreign stock and dollars, ie the Chinese Cavs, Bk. Netskis, and convert those assets into slices of ownership.Interestingly, The Knicks and Lakers being the franchises worth the most would be the most attractive to foreign investors if the opportunity became available.Cablevision’s stock has gone up considerably lately.Good time to sell a big piece.

    meanwhile check this AP article out.The world is shrinking, shrinking…

    OH YEAH, I thought lynching was over!2 years for Plaxico is BULLSHYTE.A year, with time off for good behavior, would have made the point without looking azz backwards.Does every cop or thug with a cold piece get two years?You know the answer to that.

    Comment by Tman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Damn. Somebody said something about Plaxico. Good. The sentence is ridiculous, no two ways about it. He may have deserved some type of punishment for shooting himself in a nightclub stairwell and trying to be cool, but two years of taxpayer money? That’s stupid justice and I don’t mean stupid in a positive twist-on-the-word sense. Certainly, we are still driven by a lynch mob mentality — too chicken shyte to step up and say something.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • anyone who even thinks “I SHOULD BRING A GUN INTO THIS NIGHTCLUB” should be thrown in jail

      Comment by auggie | September 23, 2009 | Reply

      • Throwing someone in jail and putting them in jail for two years are two entirely different issues. First of all the criminal justice system should not be overused to punish stupid behavior. The already overcrowded criminal system is for criminals not idiots, although some prisoners are both.

        How do you square his punishment with that of an individual who is involved in killing a person while driving DUI but only receiving probation and time served. Or how do you square his punishment with drug dealers caught for the first time who get to go to drug court or are allowed to get into a pre-trial intervention program.

        There must be a semblance of proportion in the penalties meted out in this system. Sure, send him to jail but two years is flat out wrong.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009

  7. Newsday is announcing that Nate Robinson will finally be signed today but the Knicks aren’t making it official until tomorrow. Although, it is anti-climatic, the event does deserve a Knicks Spirit Week post. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  8. Some more on the terms of the Nets deal,

    “Prokhorov’s lawyers signed a term sheet covering the deal Wednesday morning in New York.

    “Mikhail and Onexim will be great partners for this project,” Ratner said in a statement. “I am thrilled that smart global investors appreciate the exciting economic potential of Brooklyn.”

    Under the terms of the deal, Prokhorov would invest $200 million in the Nets in exchange for an 80 percent stake in the team and 45 percent of the arena, according to a statement released by Forest City Ratner. He would also take on some of the team’s debts, executives said, reducing Ratner’s 23 percent stake as well as that of other investors.

    Prokhorov also has the right to purchase up to 20 percent of the surrounding 22-acre residential and commercial development.

    The Russian edition of Forbes magazine has listed Prokhorov as Russia’s richest man, worth $9.5 billion. That is after losing about $7 billion in the global economic crisis in the past year.”

    This guy is a major player (Supposedly,he’s the only NBA owner that can dunk more than a donut).It’s a great deal for him,not much, 200 mil, invested to be that close to Manhatta, and if he can bring LeBron or another major star to downtown Brooklyn his return may be quick.He’s betting on the future of NYC.That’s a no brainer.Would you take the train to see LeBron? HELL YEAH!Still, LGK!

    Comment by Tman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • But that doesn’t explain what Stern has in mind for the major CHinese investor helping out Cleveland for a price. Any thoughts on that?

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

      • LeBiz is certainly in the catbird’s seat.He’s in a position to play the Reds vs.the Reds.The Prez wishes he had those options.LeBiz’s history says he is bigger than just a buck.He wanted a shot at the big time.Now he’s got it.

        Comment by Tman | September 24, 2009

      • LOL. Yes, LeBiz is sitting pretty. All he needs to “worry” about is winning a Championship. Wade already warned us not to sleep on the New Jersey money. No doubt it will be worth more to some players in Brooklyn.

        Stern is no joke. Basketball is an international biz and the Internationals are buying up NBA properties like they’re buildings in Manhattan. Cablevision’s being challenged from the Midwest and the East. Does stern have our flanks covered or smothered?

        I hope Walsh’s alternate plan is half as good as the one with LeBron under a NY Cap.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 24, 2009

      • Check the footnoted table I made in my penultimate draft of the Blog thread I’m about to put out.

        I got an idea of how to work that into a series should we have access to a bigger audience.

        Email me.

        Comment by O&B's Ghost | September 24, 2009

  9. Fanatics,

    The cost of doing nothing but waiting until 2010, just went up. Having the advantage of being in the city with all of the marketers and ad-firms has been negated. It may come down to which team has the better future.

    Nets:–Unlimited dollars to go along with a young center with post-up moves, and a point guard that can get to the hole on anyone. Throw in a brand new Brooklyn Stadium and it gets back to your assets on the floor.

    Knicks—Deep pockets, Eddy Curry (which one) in the post. Roos-TA on the wing, with Wilson doing his thing.

    What will LeBron do?

    Great promo!! It gives you a warm and Happy Feeling.
    Theme song for “Happy Week”

    1) Don’t Worry be Happy–Bobby McFerrin
    2) Happy Feeling—Frankie Beverly
    3) Happy Feeling—-Earth Wind & Fire
    4) Three Little Birds—Brotha Bob

    Peace & Blessings

    Comment by Statesman2 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL. Now that’s what I’m talking about. I’m going to find those songs and post them. LOL (Actually, I don’t remember “Three Little Birds” so I’ll look for that one first.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  11. As you guys guessed, I’m the Psychotherapist in this video.
    What happened to african? He’s prolly too busy blowing Eddy Curry to post here. I noticed him and KKKandiman have died
    or something. Anyway, we may have a better season than we think. I think if D’antoni don’t win right away we should bring in a black coach. I liked Isiah Thomas but he was terrible. Not that he was black, it was because he couldn’t win. We should bring in a black coach. I’m not a racist. It was african and Kkkandiman. This blog is better now.

    Comment by ed drossman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  12. Fanatics, perhaps we could have our first POW WOW
    at the below event. If we make plans NOW, we could secure
    great seats and I’ll use some contacts to secure some inexpensive hotel rooms near the Garden. Let me know Asap

    Semifinal Doubleheader
    Madison Square Garden – New York, N.Y.
    November 19th – 7:00 PM
    Syracuse vs. Cal (ESPN2)
    North Carolina vs. Ohio State (ESPN2)

    Championship Doubleheader
    Madison Square Garden – New York, N.Y.
    November 20th – 5:00 PM
    Consolation Game (ESPN2)
    Championship Game (ESPN2)

    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  13. Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  14. Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • ‘Lives’,
      Great get. Was that you at the 6 seconds mark w/ the checkered suit on skates?

      Peace & Blessings

      Comment by Statesman2 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

      • Yeah man, I thought that was pretty cool, but I wish I was able to skate that good. I was better on ice. Plus if that suit were mine, I think the pants would have been “floods.” Do you remember “floods?”

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 24, 2009

  15. I had no idea the name of this song was “Three Little Birds” and I love this song.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  18. You’ve Made ME SO VERY HAPPY!

    Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • ROFLMAO. Peace, you made me so very happy!!!! LOL.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  19. Comment by Peaceman | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  20. “Surface” wishes the Knicks a Happy Week!

    Comment by Surface | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  21. Comment by Happy Hairston( Former Laker) | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  22. The Turtles (not related to Donnie) Wish the Knicks Happy Week!

    Comment by The Turtles | September 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, 78 rpm is a little fast for our patient Turtle.

      What’s up with the lip synch job?

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

      • LOL! Seriously that is some funny shyt dudes.

        How about the classic song of happyness…

        Happy Happy Joy Joy!


        Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009

    • The drummer is keeping it real like Danny used to do on the Partridge Family road show. These Turtles pre-Quel to the many Milli-Vanilli’s and Tears for Fears that later followed. Much Man Love!

      Comment by Steady | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  23. Bruno wishes the Fanatics a Happy Knicks Week!

    Comment by Bruno | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  24. Check it out me peeps! Happy Knicks week!
    Keeping it real, Respeck, Westside.

    Comment by ALI G | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  25. Happy Knicks week! My Boy Steady knows what’s good!
    NBA=Nothing but Actors! Here’s the Truth~

    Comment by Shaq | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  26. Link:

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009 | Reply


    Put this one up Lives!

    I’ll teach to be happy,… I’ll teach you to suck eggs,… 2010 eggs!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  28. And also howabout the Dance of Joy!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  29. Happy Happy Joy Joy

    I’ll teach you to be happy I’ll teach you to suck eggs,… 2010 eggs!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  30. Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  31. You guys have made this the thread of the summer. Classic. Hilarious.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  32. Whazzz Up Fanatics! Statesman, post 9 was defintely worth the price of admission (My Got Damn Time), and the Happy Hymms you laid out were right on time…

    @010 is going to be a BLAST. The off-season is shaping up to more interesting than this actual season…It’ll be interesting to say the least.

    My Brother form Anothe Mother Peaceman, I like your VIBE on a Fanatic Gathering in NYC right before the Holiday… If my recollection is correct, I’ll just be returning from my Left Coast Tour (LA-Sac Town- Reno-Tahoe-Vegas) and I am scheduled to get back on the 19th, so if it is a go, I’ll fly into NYC for a couple of days watch BBALL, meet some HOMIES, Get my Boost on at the Spots and shops, and return to the compound in time to head to the Poconos for the Holiday. Peace let me know wassssup, cause I have not made my Ressy yet, but I intend to do so soon…So Holla Atcha Dawg…


    KNICK SPIRIT WEEK IS IN FULL EFFECT! So get your Knick Head Tight and Your Knick Spirit Right and Roota Toot Toot for the HOME TEAM… I’m telling you, it won’t be that bad… (My toes, fingers, legs, arms, and BALLS were crossed when I said that though)


    Keep it CRACKIN!

    Comment by Cooleyhigh | September 24, 2009 | Reply

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