Every time I see Earl Barron on the court for the New York Knicks he gets the job done. I realize his few appearances have been at the end of the season or garbage time, but for some reason I think if he is given the proper chance to back up Tyson Chandler as a traditional center, he could get the job done admirably.
Earl Barron, the 30-year-old center, stands at 7 foot and weighs 250 pounds. He has a smooth jumper, in the mold of Kurt Thomas, and he can rebound with the best of them.
A few years ago when Mike D’Antoni was head coach, Earl got into a game late in the season to show off his skills. He performed beautifully, ripped the net with jumpers and attacked the glass with ferocity. In the 7 games he played in the 9/10 season, he averaged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
This past year in the last of game of the season, Earl walked onto the court again as a member of the Knicks, and did the same. In the one game he played for the Knicks at the end of the season, he chipped in with 11 points and pulled down an impressive 18 rebounds. Not much of a sample size, but yet still something to remember.
Why not Earl? Why can’t Earl get the chance to be that much-needed support to Tyson Chandler? With the pool of FA’s dwindling down to “end of the bench” players, why does Earl Barron NOT get a strong look? His name is always in the Knicks free agent conversations, but yet nothing ever comes of it.
At this point in free agency, not many centers are left. If the Knicks desperately want to sign a traditional center, then Earl Barron should get the benefit of the doubt and get an invite to camp.