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NBA New York Knicks

Who Will Start at Shooting Guard for Knicks?

Last season, Landry Fields was the New York Knicks’ starting shooting guard, but after signing a three-year, $20 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, somebody else will get that job.

Fields made 62 starts at shooting guard during the regular season, averaging 8.8 points and 2.6 assists with a .256 three-point shooting percentage in 28.7 minutes per game. In the postseason, Fields made 4 starts with an average of 7.2 points, 1.4 assists and a .200 three-point shooting percentage in 23.0 minutes per game.

After agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with Ronnie Brewer, the Knicks now have three shooting guards on their current roster who could receive starts at some point this season.

Iman Shumpert is expected to be out until at least January since he’s coming off of knee surgery and needs time to recover. Shumpert played both point guard and shooting guard last season and averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 assists with a .306 three-point shooting percentage in 28.9 minutes per game.

J.R. Smith is known as more of a sixth man, but he has made 130 starts over his NBA career. Smith averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists with a .347 three-point shooting percentage in 27.6 minutes per game.

Ronnie Brewer is a defensive-minded shooting guard who made 43 starts for the Chicago Bulls last season when Richard Hamilton and Luol Deng were out with injuries. Brewer averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists with a .275 three-point shooting percentage in 24.8 minutes per game.

In this case, it’s a good thing that the Knicks have so much depth at shooting guard. They won’t be asking their starting shooting guard to carry their offense with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton on the roster.