Why Ike Diogu Isn’t the Right Fit For Knicks

Late Monday afternoon, Metta World Peace tweeted this while thanking Knicks fans and New York City for their appreciation over his time as a member of the team.

Translation: his time is out in the Big Apple. The Knicks subsequently announced that both he and Beno Udrih have been waived. 

Both veterans were signed this past offseason with the team figuring each one could provide some leadership and a healthy boost come playoff time.

The release of each player is not only a realization that neither one really made an impact for the Knicks, but also one that New York's playoff hopes are dwindling.

Nevertheless, taking into consideration how many injuries the Knicks are currently coping with, help needs to be on the way in lieu of World Peace and Udrih, even if for nothing else other than to get some extra healthy bodies in town to practice with.

While there hasn't been an overwhelming amount of speculation as to who the Knicks may turn to, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that former New York training invitee Ike Diogu may be in the mix.

Signing him would be a bad move. Here's why:

Diogu's having a terrific season in the NBA D-League. As a member of the Bakersfield Jam, the forward was recently a minor league All-Star, and is averaging 16.2 points (on 54% shooting) and 8.2 rebounds on the year.

Still, he's not the right fit for the Knicks at this point in time.

Diogu knows how to use his physicality to muscle his way inside and get himself easy opportunities on offense. He can fight for rebounds with the best of them, and what's more, has impressive range for a player his size.

Despite all of his existent talents, Diogu does not appear to fill any of the Knicks' more pressing voids. At this point, New York does not appear capable of competing for a playoff spot itself, let alone actually competing in the playoffs. No veteran is going to be so inclined to come to the Big Apple, if/when they have the opportunity to contribute with a contender instead. Not only could the Knicks use an extra point guard or two, but an injection of some nice youth wouldn't hurt, either.

Of course, the team could kill two birds with one stone by going the D-League route. Recent NBADL "Player of the Week" Dee Bost is a terrific (and young) floor general who has had to carry a bit more of the scoring load for the Idaho Stampede as of late. Seth Curry of the Santa Cruz Warriors (brother of Stephen) is someone who can undoubtedly score in bunches, but is also making progress with his play making skills.

Both young guns would seem to fit the bill more so than Diogu. Not only is the big man already 30 years old, but he would also take playing time away from an already present (and promising) young big man the Knicks have in town. That, of course, would be Jeremy Tyler, who probably deserves to play even more minutes as this season comes to a close, rather than less.

Diogu's play has been stellar this season, and there's no doubt he deserves another shot at the NBA. Still, he isn't exactly the best fit for the Knicks, and vice versa. 

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