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5 Frontcourt Players Who Will Make an Impact on the New York Knicks in 2014-15

5 Frontcourt Players on the New York Knicks Who Will Make an Impact in 2014-15

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All summer we have heard about the depth that the New York Knicks have at the guard position, but here is a look at five frontcourt players set to make an impact in 2014-15.

5. Jason Smith

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5. Jason Smith

Jason Smith New York Knicks
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The Knicks added Smith as a free agent this summer, and he should make some sort of an impact on the roster this season. One of the few true centers on the roster, he will bring some offense to that position. He shoots 76.3 percent from the free throw line for his career and averaged a career-high 9.7 points per game last season with New Orleans before his season ended with knee surgery. If he can stay healthy, the Knicks will find a use for him.

4. Andrea Bargnani

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4. Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani New York Knicks
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Probably one of the more disappointing storylines of the Knicks' season came from Bargnani. He was pretty bad, to be honest. He averaged just 13.3 points per game and shot a career-low 28 percent from three while playing unjust 42 games. The Knicks need more from him and look for him to get a lot of opportunities with the ball in Derek Fisher's offense. If he can rebound better, be more efficient and stay on the floor, look out for the Italian.

3. Cole Aldrich

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3. Cole Aldrich

Cole Aldrich New York Knicks
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Here's my pick to be a breakout performer on this Knicks team. Phil Jackson had to have liked what he saw out of Aldrich last season when he got minutes. When he played 15 minutes or more in a game, he averaged nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game. He was a winner at Kansas and can bring some help on both sides of the ball for the Knicks. Look for Aldrich to take advantage of more opportunities this season.

2. Samuel Dalembert

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2. Samuel Dalembert

Samuel Dalembert New York Knicks
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After acquiring Dalembert this offseason, the veteran big man will now become the replacement for Tyson Chandler. Chandler, who has probably had a better career than Dalembert, actually played worse over 48 minutes than the Knicks' new big man. Dalembert, however, hasn't played more than 24 minutes per game in the past four seasons. He did play in 80 games last year with the Mavericks. If he can be out there most games, Knicks fans will be happy.

1. Amar'e Stoudemire

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1. Amar'e Stoudemire

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Stoudemire's numbers have gone down every year since joining the Knicks, but he is still the most notable big man on the team's roster. After a rough year last year, maybe he can rejuvenate his skills in a new and improved system. He played in 65 games with the Knicks last year, his second most in four years, and shot 55 percent from the field. He butted heads with head coach Mike Woodson, so his chemistry with Fisher will hopefully be better.