The New York Knicks 2013 preseason schedule is underway, and as always, Empire Writes back is here to break down what you should feel good about, and what should leave you scratching your head in the 2013 New York Knicks training camp preview.
Who’s In: Andrea Bargnani (Acquired via Trade), Kenyon Martin (Re-signed)
Who’s Out: Chris Copeland (Free Agent), Kurt Thomas (Retired)
Projected Depth Chart: Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin
How it all breaks down
On paper the 2013-2014 Knicks are loaded at power forward. The problem is, it is almost impossible to guarantee that health will not become a concern at some point, as Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, and Kenyon Martin all have a long history of recurring injuries. If the Knicks can manage to keep all three of those guys on the floor then this should be a position of strength for this year’s New York Knicks.
When breaking down the power forward position for the Knicks, we naturally gravitate towards the tradition power forwards on the roster (Amar’e, Andrea, & KMart), however, the Knicks have options at the 4 spot well past those three players. Last season, Carmelo Anthony played 48 percent of the Knicks offensive plays from the power forward position on the way to his first NBA scoring title. While it looks like Mike Woodson may be forced to use his star player a little less at the four this season, we can certainly expect to see Carmelo log a ton of minutes from the power forward spot. There is also Metta World Peace, who is traditionally a small forward, but will also certainly see a lot of minutes at the four spot this season, especially when the Knicks match up against teams who have strong offensive power forwards like the Indiana Pacers or Chicago Bulls.
The big question really is: who’s the odd man out?
While all of these players are talented, and deserve playing time, there simply may not be enough minutes to go around on a regular basis. I think you can expect to see Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire play a limited role early in the season as the Knicks coaching staff will attempt to keep these often injured players healthy for what the Knicks hope is a deep postseason run.