Opening Tip: Best offseason transaction?

November, 29, 2012
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Which of Glen Grunwald's offseason acquisitions has surprised you the most?

If Wednesday night was a homecoming party for Steve Novak, it was a coming-out party for Pablo Prigioni.

The veteran point guard had the best game in his brief NBA stint, finishing with career highs in points (11) and assists (7) in the Knicks' win at Milwaukee.

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His performance was pivotal for a Knicks team without Jason Kidd (lower back spasms).

In their first game without Kidd, on Monday in Brooklyn, the Knicks looked stagnant at times and 70 percent of their offense came from Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

On Wednesday, they had a more balanced attack: 42 points came from the bench and Anthony and Chandler accounted for 45 percent of the offense.

Kudos goes to Prigioni, who kept the ball moving in the second quarter and spread the Knicks' attack.

That got us thinking: What is the Knicks' best offseason transaction thus far? Glen Grunwald's made an early -- very early -- case for Executive of the Year. It seems like most of his offseason moves have worked out well.

Let's take a look:

MIKE WOODSON: Head coach signed a three-year deal (option in third year) early in the offseason and has made sure his team plays the right way -- strong defense, good ball movement, few turnovers. He led Knicks to a 6-0 start and 10-4 overall record.

J.R. SMITH: Reserve guard signed a two-year deal (option for second year) and started the season playing tremendous in the sixth man role. He's had a few poor shooting nights recently. Given Smith's history, you have to wonder if it's a hiccup or a regression.

STEVE NOVAK: After a chilly start, Novak -- who signed a four-year, $15 million deal in the offseason -- has shot it well in two of the Knicks' last three games. If you're waiting for him to dunk, though, don't hold you're breath.

MARCUS CAMBY: Knicks obtained 38-year-old big man in sign-and-trade. He missed training camp and has struggled to get on the floor since. Woodson used Chris Copeland before Camby in Wednesday's win.

JAMES WHITE: High-flyer hasn't had much of an opportunity to showcase his vertical thus far. He's buried near the bottom of Woodson's depth chart.

JASON KIDD: After deciding at the last minute to sign with the Knicks over the Mavericks, 39-year-old has been fantastic. He's averaging eight points and 3.4 assists in 25 minutes a night, but stats don't give a clear picture of his impact. Has missed two games (and counting) with lower back spasm.

RAYMOND FELTON: Monday night's awful performance (3-for-19) aside, the former Knick seems to have picked up where he left off in 2010-11. He's averaging 15 points, seven assists and hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers.

RONNIE BREWER: Veteran wing is the ultimate role player and has been a surprise on offense. He's still rounding into form after preseason knee surgery and is playing through pain associated with a dislocated left ring finger, so the best seems like it's yet to come from the defensive specialist.

RASHEED WALLACE: Woodson coaxed Wallace out of a two-year retirement to join the Knicks in training camp, with the hope that Wallace could get in shape in time to help the team late in the regular season. With Amar'e Stoudemire hurt, the Knicks needed Wallace sooner -- and he has responded (8 ppg, 4.4 rpg in 16 min.).

PABLO PRIGIONI: The oldest rookie in NBA history played like a kid straight out of high school at times earlier in the season -- scared to shoot and a little shaky with the ball. Was Wednesday's breakout performance a sign of things to come?

KURT THOMAS: Forty-year-old has been a live body that Woodson can insert into his starting lineup when necessary, but Thomas has struggled with his shot (30 percent from the field). Still, he has six fouls to give.

CHRIS COPELAND: Signed a non-guaranteed deal over the summer but proved he belonged during a strong preseason. Hasn't played many minutes, but got extended time ahead of Camby on Wednesday and had five points in 11 minutes.

QUESTION: Which offseason transaction has been most impressive/surprising thus far to you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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