According to Newsday’s Alan Hahn’s tweet above
, the Knicks worked out two notable talented former NBA players at their recent free agent camp.
Javaris Crittenton, who is perhaps most known by NBA fans as the other player in the Gilbert Arenas gun charges situation, is only 23 and has always been mentioned as having huge potential.
Still only 23 years young, Crittenton starred at Georgia Tech as a freshman before moving on to the NBA. He was a key role player for the Wizards before getting suspended in 2010. Nevertheless, he parlayed a 28 game stint with the Dakota Wizards of the D-League this season into pretty good convincing that he deserves another shot at the big stage. He averaged 14.5 points, 6.7 assists, and an even more impressive 2.5 steals in just 28.1 minutes per game.
His defense and ability to effectively find his teammates in transition could certainly help the Knicks.
Teams always want to find young talent with potential to last them years, and that’s a big reason as to why Crittenton has value. That said, you cannot deny someone with proven talent, and that’s what the Knicks probably found in Bonzi Wells.
Wells was a very serviceable role player (and sometimes spot starter) during his ten years in the NBA. His struggles mostly came off the court, as he had trouble with conditioning and team chemistry during his stint with the Rockets under former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. Perhaps that may be a red flag, but nevertheless, the Knicks organization has been known over the years to give second chances to talented players.
Wells left the NBA with career averages of 12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. A career 46% shooter from the field, Wells thrived under Coach Rick Adelman as the two came together on both the Kings and Rockets.
Now 34 years old, Wells most notably shone in the 2006 playoffs, tallying an impressive double-double with 23.1 points and 12 rebounds per contest. If he truly has a decent amount of juice left in his tank, he could certainly fill a void in the Knicks, who struggled with depth during parts of the past season.