Analyzing Each Member Of the Knicks Rotation: The Starters
Added by Stephen Zimkouski on March 6, 2012.
Now that the Knicks have the deepest rotation in the league and look to play 10 men on a consistent basis it is only natural to analyze what we should expect from each of these players. Today I will analyze the starters and then in the second part of this series, the bench.
Jeremy Lin – Okay, realistically the Linsanity phase is just about over but that doesn’t mean Lin isn’t a good player. He is a legit starting point guard in this league and will continue to improve his game. However lets just stop with the Steve Nash comparisons right now, I don’t see Lin winning two MVP’s in his career. I see Lin continuing to produce but not nearly at the level he was when he first came up and took the league by storm
Landry Fields – Landry has looked very good at times while playing in the backcourt with Lin. The chemistry between them is evident. However, as of late he has looked somewhat lost on the court. Is it Carmelo’s fault? I think that’s hard to say right now with the small sample size of games played together with Lin but if Landry can’t improve his game he will be sent to the bench quickly.
Carmelo Anthony – Melo has been the scapegoat for the Knicks recent failures. That might not be fair but at the same time using the eye test, the team does not look as fluid with him on the court most times. Melo hasn’t been playing greedy so Knicks fans can’t blame him for that. We all know that he will continue to get his numbers but it will be interesting to see if his game just isn’t one that can mesh with the other players on the roster. If it can, then the team can reach their full potential, this team will go as far as Melo takes them.
Amare Stoudemire – Amare is beloved in New York. He came here when nobody else did and took a quick lead in the MVP voting last season. Since the Melo trade he has not been the same player and fans have to hope health is the issue and he’ll get better. His jump shot has looked flat this year and he hasn’t been the aggressive attacking scorer that the league knows him to be. The pick and roll with Lin should be featured more and getting Amare involved in the offense early in games is a must. Amare is still a dominant force in this league and should increase his production in the second half of the season.
Tyson Chandler- Tyson truly plays like a winner. What I mean by that is that he plays every play like it’s the last one. He hustles harder than anybody on the court for every possession and plays stellar defense while leading and rallying up the team. He is leading the league in field goal percentage and rebounding the basketball as of late. Tyson will only continue to bring those intangibles throughout the rest of the season because that is the player that he is