New York Knicks: Updating The Depth Chart After 2014 NBA Draft

Depth Chart Of The New York Knicks

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After a disappointing 2013 season, the New York Knicks are under a new regime led by Phil Jackson. He started the rebuilding process with a trade with the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the week, which netted them four players and two draft picks. The Knicks made the most of those draft picks, adding value and assets. After a busier week than people thought they would have, here is what the Knicks depth chart currently looks like.

Point Guard

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Point Guard

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1. Jose Calderon
2. Pablo Prigioni
3. Shane Larkin

PG was an area of struggle for the Knicks last season, a big reason for the poor results. Calderon and Larkin came over in the trade with the Mavericks and instantly upgrade the position for the Knicks. Calderon is a perfect fit for the triangle offense, while Larkin has a chance to grow with the Knicks. The lone holdover Prigioni should fill the same role this season as he did last year.

Shooting Guard

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Shooting Guard

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1. J.R. Smith
2. Iman Shumpert
3. Tim Hardaway Jr.
4. Wayne Ellington

SG was a logjam for the Knicks last season, and will be this season too. Smith may start, but the Knicks will move him if an offer arises. They have tried to move Shumpert since last season, but should keep him to see what he can do in the triangle. THJ has talent offensively, but needs to improve defensively. Ellington can shoot the long ball, but offers little else.

Small Forward

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Small Forward

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1. Cleanthony Early

With Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract, the 34th pick in the 2014 draft is the only SF on the roster. If Anthony does not return, Early will have plenty of opportunities to take over the starting 3 role and grow as a player. Smith, Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. can all be in play here also to try alleviating some of the logjam at SG. In the end, the Knicks are hoping Anthony occupies this space again sooner than later.

Power Forward

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Power Forward

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1. Amar’e Stoudemire
2. Andrea Bargnani
3. Jeremy Tyler

Stoudemire should be the starter here this season, especially if Anthony signs elsewhere. He came on strong at the end of the season and was relatively healthy. Bargnani was injured most of last season, but should be better coming off the bench after not meshing with Anthony and Chandler last season. Tyler flashed at times last season, and could factor in as the backup C as well.

Center

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Center

Samuel Dalembert Knicks
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1. Samuel Dalembert

There are rumblings the Knicks will release him to free up more cap space, but they cannot afford to as he is the only C on the roster. He came over in the Mavericks trade, and should step right into the starting role. He is more efficient than Chandler offensively, and should be a better rim protector too. The Knicks may look to bring back Cole Aldrich for depth as he produced with the chances he was given in 2013-2014.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network

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