Depending on which doctor you speak with, Danilo Gallinari's back problems are either not serious or have turned his spine into a ticking time bomb.
The truth, of course, lies somewhere in between. The good news for Knicks fans is that even with the back issues, "The Rooster" still managed to impress this season.
Gallinari hit nearly 45% of his 3-pointers while scoring almost 20 ppg per 48 minutes. Showing great ball-handling and passing ability, Gallinari's game should blossom as his back becomes more flexible.
The most intriguing thing about Gallinari was his defense though. Originally thought to be his greatest weakness, the 20-year-old held his own by using his 6-10 frame to alter shots and cut down passing lanes. There were brief moments this season when Gallinari ended up guarding LeBron James, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter off of a pick. He wasn't exactly Michael Cooper in those situations, but Gallinari proved he wasn't a defensive slouch either.
Finally, someone who agrees with everything I've been saying for the last few months. The thing that impresses me the most is that Gallo is named along with several other very talented, young players. Michael Beasley, Rodney Stuckey, LaMarcus Aldridge, Thaddeus Young and WCWP Fave Kevin Love are also named.