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J.R. Smith thinks McGrady could help Knicks. That’s’ great.

Sep 17, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

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You know who some of the worst judges of talent and team building skills are? No, stop it with the Bobcats jokes.

It’s other players. They often see players for what they were not are, or have inflated (or undersized) understanding of a player based on what they have seen in person in a game here or there. More often than not, players make bad GMs.

Which brings us to this note from the New York Post (hat tip to SLAM), where they talk with Knicks swingman J.R. Smith about bringing in Tracy McGrady.

“Definitely,” Smith told The Post when asked if McGrady could help the Knicks after Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday McGrady has worked out for the team. “T-Mac has always been an elite player in this league.

“We need all the help we can get in every area. … So whenever a big name comes up that can help our team, we’ve got to get him.”

I would argue McGrady hasn’t been an elite player in the league since about 2007.

McGrady might have some value off the bench for the Knicks, providing a little depth early in the season while Ronnie Brewer and Iman Shumpert recover from injuries (Shumpert likely is out until January, Brewer closer to the start of the season). He still plays a pretty good game.

But let’s not confuse 2012 McGrady with the 2006 model. That was a long time and a lot of injuries ago.

  1. tcclark - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    J.R Smith thinks? I guess there’s a first time for everything.

    • sellahh - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      If you think and JR Smith doesn’t think, how come he makes your salary. In an hour.

      • tcclark - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        because he plays basketball a lot better than i do

      • abchome - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:41 AM

        One doesn’t need to think to make big salary. But if he does think, he could make even bigger salary.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I would typically laugh at this but I saw a graph where minutes play was compared to winshares. McGrady had the highest % of winshares of anybody playing below the league average of minutes at his position. Maybe he will help some team this season.

  3. dysraw1 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    see how much i know, had no idea Ronnie had knee surgery wow hope he doesn’t miss a lot of time.

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