Sebastian Telfair is a point guard from Brooklyn. He'd likely love to return to New York if he's given the chance. With the Nets in Brooklyn, he could have the opportunity to play for his hometown team. However, the New York Knicks have a bigger need at point guard. Could Telfair be the cost effective signing Glen Grunwald is looking for to give the Knicks depth behind Raymond Felton?
Sebastian Telfair is a 28-year-old point guard who was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2004 NBA Draft. He played for the Trail Blazers from 2004-06, the Boston Celtics from 2006-07, the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2007-09, the Los Angeles Clippers from 2009-10, the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, the Timberwolves again from 2010-11, the Phoenix Suns from 2011-13 and the Toronto Raptors in 2013.
Telfair never really lived up to his hype but he's still a serviceable player. He's good at driving to the basket and has a passable jump shot. He understands how to set the pace of a game and is a good passer. He also has a high basketball IQ. Telfair shows good court vision and very good ball-handling skills. Most of all, he's very athletic. Additionally, he's not only fast but he's also quick which helps him as a slasher and on defense.
However, he doesn't have the kind of jump shooting ability that will scare anybody. Plus, he has a tendency to try to do too much and hold onto the ball too long. He's also small so he can't shoot over anybody, overpower anybody and can get pushed around. He can really take a pounding when he drives to the hoop.
That being said, Telfair won't be expensive and can definitely help the Knicks if they lose Pablo Prigioni. Mike Woodson will love Telfair's experience. He's a competent back up point guard. He's certainly familiar with Madison Square Garden from growing up in New York and watching his cousin Stephon Marbury play for the Knicks.
Telfair is adept at running the pick-and-roll well and he brings a lot of energy to the floor. He also plays with a lot of heart and has improved on defense. Certainly Woodson could help him on that end. The fact that Glen Grunwald could probably sign Telfair for the veteran's minimum could make him a steal for the Knicks in free agency.
Telfair never lived up to his projection out of Lincoln. If he was 6'4" instead of his generous listing of 6'0" tall he could have been a star instead of a career journeyman. That being said, he's short for an NBA player and it's kept him from sticking around on teams. However, he has the skills to be a solid reserve and help a team looking for players on a budget.
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