Monday, July 9, 2012

Knicks Re-Sign Steve Novak

Steve Novak Re-Signs with Knicks

After being picked up on waivers from the San Antonio Spurs, not much was known about Steve Novak.  He was thought of as an above average 3 point shooter, but never had an opportunity to showcase his talents outside of short spurts throughout five seasons.

Novak finally go his opportunity this past season with the Knicks and took full advantage.  He turned his waiver wire pickup into a multi-year contract, agreeing to terms on a four year $15 million dollar contract with the Knicks this afternoon.

In his one season with the Knicks, Novak lit up Madison Square Garden nightly, earning the nickname Novakaine.  The Garden faithful would get into a buzz every time he would touch the ball and more often than not he gave them what they wanted, knocking down his 3 pointers at a 47.2% clip.  He would then follow it up with the putting on of the championship belt.

Novak gives the Knicks a deadly weapon off the bench, but not too much else.  He hustles and plays hard every night, but is limited in everything other than his outside shooting.  He can struggle at times on the defensive end and is a poor rebounder.  These problems were very evident in the playoff series against the Miami Heat when Novak struggled mightily

But when his three point shooting is on, it more than makes up for the other deficiencies he has.  The Knicks now have one of the deadliest 3 point shooters in the NBA, a weapon that will benefit from plenty of open shots playing with teammates like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

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