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Jared Jeffries Knicks New Center

Via ESPN

Jared Jeffries will go down as a footnote: The only member of the New York Knicks who failed to score a single point in their highest scoring game of the season, a 131-109 drubbing of the Utah Jazz.

But Jeffries is more than a footnote.

He will likely remain the starting center for New York for the remainder of the season, a mini-bombshell that coach Mike D’Antoni dropped before watching his superstar duo click together better than they had in any of the eight games since the epic MeloDrama ended with the blockbuster trade that bought Anthony to New York.

“He’s a very good defensive player, he moves the ball, he understands what we want done, he gives us that multiple possessions on the offensive rebounding, tapping balls out. He’s just an energy guy that kind of glues everything together,” D’Antoni said. “He’s a valuable piece for us although he doesn’t score, but he doesn’t have to. This team is a little bit different than a normal team. You don’t have to space the floor as much because you have such good individual players, so I just think it’s a perfect fit for us.”

Jeffries missed his only two shot attempts Monday night, both from point blank range. But he did grab six rebounds, three on each end, blocked a shot, came up with a steal and made two key plays before the game got out of hand that don’t show up in the box score — saving the ball as it was going out of bounds and then firing it off an opponent’s torso to allow the Knicks to retain possession.

So Jeffries is the new starting center. Honestly I don’t think I care that much between him and Ronny Turiaf. Both players are high-energy defensive-first guys that are offensive deficient.

To me Jeffries is six more fouls and another body to log minutes. Still I love what he is doing. Like D’Antoni said, he is a glue guy and with his insertion into the lineup the Knicks have been playing better defense. The one concern I would have with him on the defensive end is his lack of size. When he goes up against Howard, or Noah he is going to get pushed around. Still, he does a lot of other things for the team and I think that should balance out.

On the offensive end I don’t think if matters that he isn’t a good offensive player. Honestly with the amount of shots Carmelo and Stoudemire are going to take I think we can afford to have one position out there that isn’t going to take many shots. Last season it hurt us because we also had Chris Duhon starting, and our best offensive player was David Lee.

What does everyone else think? Do you like Jeffries in the starting spot? Is there anyone else you would rather see there?

Knicks Dominate Jazz 131-109

For the first time in the Melo era the Knicks have recorded back-to-back wins. Yesterday it was a decisive win against the 5th seed Atlanta Hawks, tonight it was against the new-look Jazz. While the Jazz no longer have the look of a playoff team after the retirement of Jerry Sloan and the trade of Deron Williams, they are still a capable team.

For starters it is looking like Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are figuring out how to play together. Both players scored 30+ points on very efficient shooting. Anthony was 12-16 for 34 points, while Stoudemire added 31 on 12-15 shooting. If these guys can continue to dictate things on the offensive end, while shooting efficiently, the Knicks should be able to play with anyone.

Even more impressive for the two superstars was their play on the defensive end. Both players have been known to put up lackluster efforts on that side of the court throughout their careers, but the past couple of nights they have had some great efforts. Perhaps playing in NY was the boost they needed, because their play has me looking forward to a possible upset come playoff time.

Moving past the stars, Toney Douglas had a great night as  he continues to fill in for Chauncey Billups. Since taking over the starting spot, Douglas has had some great scoring performances and has done a good job dominating his opponent on defense. He shut down Chris Paul in New Orleans, and tonight put a number on Devin Harris leaving him 0-7 from the field. More importantly he dished out six assists while only recording one turnover.

With the win in hand early in the game many players on the Knicks bench got some burn. The bench has been playing well for the Knicks, pretty impressive considering they have been without Bill Walker and Ronny Turiaf. Their play should give us some confidence about our depth heading into the postseason.

It was tough to give up so many players in the trade, but right now it is looking like the Knicks made the right move. It is only seven games in, but Carmelo has the team playing on a different level, and with so many players stepping up on the bench the loss of role players doesn’t hurt as much.