December 13, 2013
Marcus Landry - Landry's game has rather become that of a one dimensional three point shooter. That said, hitting them at 43% last year makes this a valued commodity.
January 5, 2011
Marcus Landry - Landry is also in the D-League, playing for the Reno Bighorns. He is averaging 16.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 37 minutes per game, shooting 42% from the field and 41% from three, while taking almost 6 three pointers a game. While his fellow starting forward Patrick Ewing Jr is doing a little of everything, Landry continues to develop a niche as a shooting specialist. This is fine in theory, and he's proving to be a good one, but he shouldn't completely go away from the more versatile game he used as Wisconsin. He could also benefit from improved rebounding numbers, something he's never been above average at.
October 6, 2010
Landry joins the team that just traded for his greatly superior brother, Carl. While Carl is a high quality NBA player, long underrated and unfortunately soon to become overrated, Marcus finds himself on the fringes. Often playing centre at Wisconsin, Marcus is reinventing himself as a three point shooting small forward at the NBA level, decently athletic and with adequate defense. He played for both the Knicks and the Celtics last season in this role, surviving most of the season on an NBA roster. However, the prognosis for such players is about a one or two year career.Bill Walker's been lucky to have signed a four year contract; however, other players of a similar ilk (Demetris Nichols, Rob Kurz, Kaniel Dickens, Marcus Vinicius) have never gotten beyond the two year mark. This of course does not dictate that it is over for Landry, or even that it will be soon; it does, however, suggest that he needs a new string to his bow.
July 30, 2010
Marcus Landry - Surprisingly, Carl's younger brother made it almost the entire season. In workouts and summer league last year, Marcus demonstrated more a far better three point shot than he was ever allowed to show as Wisconsin, and made the Knicks roster on that basis. He was later a throw-in in the Nate Robinson trade that sent him to Boston; bizarrely, with two weeks to go in the season and Landry's contract fully guaranteed, the Celtics then waived him so that they could give roster spots to Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette. I guess Landry didn't win them over as much.
Landry's staple has become his shooting, but he is not able to create those shots for himself. He averaged only 11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while on assignment in the D-League, and may have just been a flash in the pan. If he can improve his ballhandling or make a name for himself defensively, it would greatly help his chances of a comeback tour.
July 15, 2010
Landry was covered in the Pacers summer league roster round-up last week. He averaged 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 in only 14 minutes per game. New York traded Landry to Boston last year as a part of the Nate Robinson deal, yet they're clearly not averse to his return.