NBA Roundtable

Knicks Sign Pruitt

In Free Agency on September 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm

RealGM has the press release

New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that free agent guard Gabe Pruitt has been signed to a contract.Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pruitt, 6-4, 170-pounds, has career averages of 2.0 points and 7.4 minutes in 62 games over two NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics. The Los Angeles, CA-native was selected by Boston, following his junior season at the University of Southern California, in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Pruitt averaged 2.1 points in 15 games as a rookie in 2007-08, but was inactive for the Celtics during the playoffs and NBA Finals. He averaged 2.0 points and 7.8 minutes in 47 games last season and appeared in four games for the Celtics in the first two rounds of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.


#1 — I’m delighted for Gabe Pruitt. I was starting to get worried about his NBA prospects for next season, worrying that he may find himself out of the league and plying his trade at a lower level. So I’m delighted he got himself a job.

#2 — I don’t like his chances of seeing any court time next season.

The Knicks are fairly set at the point guard position with Chris Duhon, a likely returning Nate Robinson, and Toney Douglas — I write Andrew Toney every bloody time I try to write this guy’s name! It’s freakin’ annoying! At some point I have to remember what Douglas’ name actually is, right? — Each one of these guys brings a more polished game to the table and will play ahead of Pruitt.

Secondly, Gabe Pruitt is not the type of player that fits D’Antoni’s model for a point guard. D’Antoni’s system is dependent on the decision making offensively from his point guard, and that’s a major flaw in Pruitt’s makeup. Pruitt’s great defensive talent and solid off-the ball offensive play as a point guard makes him a poor fit here.

Moreover, Pruitt has a better shot at playing time as a two guard rather than at his natural position at the point. D’Antoni may use him here, although again, I doubt it and think he’d be far down the pecking order here too.

#3 — Gabe Pruitt is one of the finest defensive point guards in all of basketball. If he got enough court time, he may prove himself to be the single best defensive point guard in the NBA.

  1. Dave,

    I don’t think Gabe Pruitt is as good a defensive PG as Russell Westbrook.

  2. Khandor,

    Obviously there’s a minutes issue here … but I thought Pruitt did a better job defensively than Westbrook last season.

    Westbrook has excellent defensive potential and he has a fair shot at passing him out in the near future, but at this point in their careers, with my team needing a stop … I’d be picking Pruitt.

    The player I’d consider closest to Pruitt defensively would be George Hill. Followed by Rajon Rondo, who was very good defensively for the first two thirds of last season.

  3. Dave,

    From a defensive perspective, Gabe Pruitt [6-4, 170, 23 yrs of age] simply isn’t as physically strong and quick and big … in combination … as Russell Westbrook [6-3, 187, 20 yrs of age].

    I think Pruitt is a very good defensive PG.

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