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Predicting the New York Knicks’ Starting Five for Next Season

Predicting the New York Knicks' Starting Five for Next Season

New York Knicks Starting Five
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Projecting what the New York Knicks’ roster will look like five months down the road is no easy task. The Knicks have more roster turnover than the cast of Game of Thrones. But one thing is certain: it will be different from the end of last season. This bold prediction is based on one team’s burning desire to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

5. C - Omer Asik

Omer Asik New York Knicks Starting Five
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5. C - Omer Asik

Omer Asik New York Knicks Starting Five
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Let’s say Phil Jackson, in his first major executive decision, pulls off a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets. Asik is definitely one of the players coming back to New York. In essence, Asik is the exact same player as Tyson Chandler. But Chandler, who could be traded too, is at the end of his prime, while Asik is entering his. If Jackson wants to recreate his old Bulls teams, Asik will remind him a lot of Luc Longley.

4. PF Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire New York Knicks Starting Five
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4. PF Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire New York Knicks Starting Five
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With Anthony gone, Amare Stoudemire regains his position as the Knicks’ primary scorer. It will be golden opportunity for Stoudemire to show the world what he has left in the tank. He was a top ten player in this league once, and if Stoudemire can channel that player again—even in flashes—he will be rewarded next year with one last long-term contract. And with Melo out of the picture, the Knicks will need him to rediscover that scoring punch too.

3. SF Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons New York Knicks Starting Five
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3. SF Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons New York Knicks Starting
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Another player coming over from the hypothetical trade, Chandler Parsons would be the best all-around player on the Knicks. He’s a burner up and down the court, he can shoot the three, pitches in five rebounds and four assists per game and has grown as a player each year. Even as his usage rate climbed steadily in his first three seasons, his efficiency numbers rose as well. It would be interesting to see how he handles even more responsibility.

2. SG Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert New York Knicks Starting Five
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2. SG Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert New York Knicks Starting Five
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Iman Shumpert will also remind Jackson of a former player: Ron Harper (it’s too bad there’s no one to remind him of Jordan or Pippen). Shumpert is the only guy on the Knicks’ roster who has a puncher’s chance of guarding an opponent on the perimeter. A smart coach would always put Shumpert on a team’s primary ball handler -- Mike Woodson is not a smart coach. But if used correctly on defense, Shumpert can be a very effective player.

1. PG Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin New York Knicks Starting Five
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1. PG Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin New York Knicks Starting Five
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In a funny twist of irony, it’s the same back-loaded “poison pill” contract the Knicks refused to sign two summers ago that makes this trade happen. Jeremy Lin makes a ceremonious return to Madison Square Garden where Linsanity all began. It’s been a relative struggle for Lin in Houston, due in large part to the fact that opposing defenses have figured him out. But he can certainly be the alpha dog of this truly mediocre team.