New York Knicks: Breaking Down The Roster By Position
After making a major trade and making two draft selections, the New York Knicks have a lot of work to do in determining who is going to stay and help the team next season. Let's look at each position and who are likely to make an impact.
Jose Calderon is a great upgrade for the position. His great passing skills and prolific shooting are going to be essential in the triangle. Right next in line is Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, a young and talented kid who is capable of exploding into the paint and running fast breaks.
Smith is probably going to land the starting gig considering his passing and shooting skills, Iman Shumpert is the go-to guy when it comes to defensive efforts, and even though he hasn't developed his shooting to an elite level yet, his athleticism and handles give him a spot in rotation along with Tim Hardaway Jr.
As the 34th pick in the draft, Cleanthony Early should get the job. He has great athleticism and ability to score, and is also a great defender -- something that 'Melo is not. If Carmelo comes back, he could still land the SF gig if the Knicks decide to play small ball with Melo at four, where he can use his speed and handles to get easy mismatches against slower power forwards.
The starting gig should go to Amar'e Stoudemire, who had a great run in the last 20 games of last season. Even though Andrea Bargnani is not nearly as efficient defensively, he shoot threes well and should be able to contribute off the bench.
Samuel Dalembert is the guy here. A defensive force, he is the one who will protect the rim. With Tyson Chandler being traded, there aren't many options here, so the decision should be easy. Cole Aldrich had a surprising run last season and is sure to be in the rotation, specially after Phil Jackson himself praised his style of play.