The New York Knicks are 2-1 over their last three games, but have shown obvious signs of struggling. One troubling thing that has been happening over their past three games is that James White has been in the starting lineup for all three contests.
The Knicks have fallen to third in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, a drop largely caused by shooting struggles from some of their key players like Jason Kidd. To help Kidd with his shooting struggles, head coach Mike Woodson made the decision to bring him off the bench, which subsequently inserted White into the starting five.
In those three starts, White has played just 7.3 minutes per game and has averaged just 0.7 points, 0.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. He’s actually had more fouls in those three games than he has had points. Obviously, White hasn’t been producing like a player that should be starting games.
The concept of wanting to change things up for Kidd and not wanting to put J.R. Smith in the starting lineup makes sense, but choosing to put White in the starting lineup makes absolutely no sense for New York. He’s inexperienced and has been ineffective in the few minutes that he’s actually played this season.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to insert Steve Novak into the starting lineup and move Iman Shumpert to the shooting guard position? At least Novak can give the Knicks some kind of production. Even if they want to continue bringing Novak off the bench, a player like Ronnie Brewer still makes more sense in the starting-five than White.
The Knicks are having issues at the worst possible time right now. White starting isn’t the root of their problems, but it seems like a solid indication of how lost they have been lately. Woodson has to come up with another solution because White isn’t solving anything.