According to Pro Basketball Talk, new member of the New York Knicks, Metta World Peace, will be in the team’s starting small forward on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson did not make it official, but Carmelo Anthony dropped a hint: “I didn’t expect it, we didn’t expect it. That’s what he’s going with. I think the guys are ready for the move. Everyone seems on board with that. Whatever position we have to play, we have to go out and do it,” said Anthony.
This move shouldn’t come as a surprise since other Knicks acquisition, Andrea Bargnani, has not performed to the level that coach Woodson and Knicks brass expected him to this preseason. Bargnani shot a low 20 percent from beyond the arc and is a defensive liability; when in the lineup, the team didn’t seem to have chemistry.
Moving World Peace to the small forward position improves the team’s defense and the team’s chemistry; World Peace also showed the team he can provide some offense, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc this preseason. This move also bumps Carmelo Anthony back to the power forward position — the position he thrived in last season when he won the scoring title and finished third in the MVP voting.