Dalembert isn’t a guy looking to mix it up inside or intimidate in the paint. He’s far too comfortable floating around the perimeter, settling for long jumpers. Take a look at these stats: Per Hoopdata.com, last season Dalembert attempted just 2.9 shots “at the rim” per game. In contrast, he averaged 2.7 field-goal attempts from 10-23 feet away from the basket. Not exactly the shot selection you prefer from a seven-footer. Also, consider this: The Philadelphia 76ers won 27 games in 2009-2010 with Dalembert as their starting center. After trading him in the summer of 2010, Philly won 41 games without him in 2010-2011.
Again, Dalembert would clearly be an upgrade for New York next season, but offering him a long-term contract would be a short-sighted and regrettable decision. If he wants to settle for a one-year deal (he won’t), then by all means, bring him in. But that’s not going to happen, so the Knicks will likely have to keep searching.
Some other (less appealing?) free-agent centers that will be on the Knicks radar this month include: Spencer Hawes (restricted), Jeff Foster, Kwame Brown, Joel Przybilla, Erick Dampier, Nazr Mohammed, Kurt Thomas, Aaron Gray, Ryan Hollins and Jason Collins.
Because of the new CBA the Kings will be forced to spend this season and they can offer Dalembert more money and years. It would be hard to imagine him taking a one-year deal.
From a pure Xs and Os perspective, Dalembert is not the space eater that people think. He also isn’t a sound offensive post player. His defensive production per minute (8 boards in 25 minutes last year and 1.5 blocks) fills a need, and he has proven to be durable over his career, but with Carmel and Amar’e filling the mid-range area, Dalembert wouldn’t be able to hover off the post making him a liability to the offense.
Turiaf (unless amnestied), Jerome Jordan and free agents Jared Jeffries and Shawne Williams who both appear to be returning haven’t proved to be possession-enders, which is why the Knicks need to add another big body up front if they want to move into the top 4 of the Eastern Conference.