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Projecting the New York Knicks’ Starting Five for 2014-15

Projecting the New York Knicks' Starting Five for 2014-15

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With a lot of new faces in the Big Apple, the New York Knicks will most likely have some familiar faces in the starting lineup. Here is an early look at what new head coach Derek Fisher could do with his starting five in 2014-15.

Point Guard: José Calderón

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Point Guard: José Calderón

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Calderón, who came in from Dallas as part of an offseason trade, will be a huge addition for the Knicks and immediately be a starter. With a 44.9 percent mark from three and 3.6 assist/turnover ratio, Calderón is an upgrade from last year's starter Raymond Felton. Calderón can help stretch the floor and be one of many weapons taking pressure off Carmelo Anthony on offense, while mentoring a young Knick backcourt at the same time.

Shooting Guard: J.R. Smith

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Shooting Guard: J.R. Smith

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Smith, a starter? The former Sixth Man of the Year actually played better as a starter last season than a bench player. He averaged more points, rebounds and assists as a starter and shot 40.7 percent from three compared to 37 percent off the bench. Smith and guard Iman Shumpert played better when they weren't together, so separating them will help. Smith also broke out after Phil Jackson joined the team, posting three 30-point games in April.

Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony

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Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony

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Now that he has returned, it's no surprise that Carmelo Anthony will be in this slot. It will be interesting to see if he is at the three or four spot, two places in the lineup he has played. With a lack of frontcourt depth, look for him to maybe play in both spots, but he will probably start here at the beginning of the season. Especially with his increased rebounding skill (career-high 8.1 per game last season) look for him to play both roles.

Power Forward: Andrea Bargnani

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Power Forward: Andrea Bargnani

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Under Mike Woodson, Bargnani saw a good amount of time at the center position. With a lack of strength and rebounding ability, this will probably change. They can utilize him as a stretch four, hopefully increasing his marksmanship from three compared to last season. Plus, putting him in the rotation with Calderón, a point guard he spent a handful of years with in Toronto, could help boost his production as well.

Center: Samuel Dalembert

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Center: Samuel Dalembert

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Dalembert is the favorite to land this spot and will do a solid job with it. He won't give you a surplus of minutes, having played less than 25 minutes per game in the last four seasons, but his production in that time will be very good. Dalembert, per 48 minutes, averaged more points, rebounds, blocks and steals than last year's starter Tyson Chandler. It will be interesting to see how Dalembert performs with his new team.