Phil Jackson got shooting guard Courtney Lee to agree to a 4 year $48 million dollar contract, all guaranteed. The signing of Lee seems to be more profitable to Knicks fans rather than the signing of Eric Gordon. I don't think many Knicks fans would have liked to see Eric Gordon in a Knicks uniform, knowing his history of not being able to compete on the Basketball court a lot. The Houston Rockets took a risk by agreeing to a 4 year $53 million deal with Gordon. Gordon is an injury-prone player. He missed 116 games the past 4 seasons with several injuries. Courtney Lee has missed a total of 15 games the past 4 seasons.

Lee is a more durable player, who can stay healthy on the court.

Courtney Lee

Courtney Lee is a quick athlete who can move without the ball and create his own shot. His most famous highlight was when he was playing for the Memphis Grizzlies and he layed the ball in with 0.03 seconds left in regulation for the game winner against the Sacramento Kings back in the 2014-2015 season. His clutch shooting continued this past postseason when he hit a long distance 3 pointer to put the Charlotte Hornets ahead with 25.2 seconds left in regulation against the Miami Heat. Eventually the Hornets would go on and win the game.

Eric Gordon

Gordon may have better numbers but what it comes down to this season for the New York Knicks is staying healthy and being able to compete day in and day out.

The Knicks have signed Joakim Noah, traded for Derrick Rose, and still have Carmelo Anthony. All three are All stars players, but all three are injury-prone and have missed a lot of games the past two seasons. Hypothetically speaking, if all three are out of the line-up, the Knicks can depend on Courtney Lee who is an efficient scorer, and proven to be durable along with Kristaps Porzingis a young and upcoming superstar.

The line-up of Rose, Lee, Anthony, Porzingis, and Noah comes across as a good starting 5 that can compete for the number 1 spot in the Atlantic Division, but what it comes down to is health and the durability of the players.

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