The talk of the town has been about how the Nets brought in two aging, but serviceable, stars to their team and help them compete for a championship. It has been all about their starting five: Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and newcomers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. On paper this team looks great.
What about their crosstown rivals?
Their starting five can make some noise, too, right? They did just come off a successful season (compared to their past few seasons) in which they went to the second round of the playoffs.
Well, it seems like the New York Knicks’ starting five is still up in the air, aside from the obvious three players: Carmelo Anthony (duh), Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, the other two spots are up for grabs.
At the New York Knicks’ practice facility, head coach Mike Woodson addressed some reporters about the upcoming season, and who will be starting. “We’ve got to find two other bodies that fit that starting lineup, and who that’s going to be, at this point. I don’t know,” said coach Woodson.
Curiously, Woodson left out Iman Shumpert out of that list. After coming back from an ACL injury last season, Shumpert started all 45 regular season games, and all 12 the Knicks’ playoff games. Woodson didn’t guarantee that Shumpert would start, but he did praise the guard’s progress and how his jumpshot will get even better with time.
Although the Knicks didn’t make any splashy moves this offseason like the Nets did, they did add some solid players like Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. The problem with all these players is the coach has to figure out a way how to use them, and when to use them.
That’s where the problem with the starting five comes in, who does Woodson use, and where does he put them? The coach also has to consider Amar’e Stoudemire, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., Pablo Prigioni and J.R. Smith.
The Knicks can make some noise with the roster they have, but only if Woodson figures out how and when to use them best.