February 22, 2011. That is the day the New York Knicks became who they are today. Many people say A’mare was the one who brought basketball back to New York and many people credit him for making the Knicks relevant again. While Stoudemire did help the Knicks, they did not truly become the team they are today until 2/22/11. Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups headlined a 13-player trade that also included Danilo Gallinari on that day. Ever since that day the Knicks have been a completely different franchise. Carmelo Anthony is the one who brought basketball back to the Big Apple and is the reason the Knicks are relevant today.
The Knicks first game with Anthony was at MSG against the Milwaukee Bucks. The starting lineup for that game was Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, A’mare Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf.
Since that day, the Knicks have had an enormous number of different starting lineups. Starting five’s including players such as Mike Bibby, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and of course, Renaldo Balkman. Luckily for the Knicks and fans alike, they no longer have these players on the roster and actually have legitimate players to choose from. After the offseason additions of Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace, the Knicks have many fans wondering about the starters this year.
If the Knicks start opening night with any lineup besides this one, they are absolutely foolish.PG – Raymond Felton SG – Iman Shumpert SF – Metta World Peace PF – Carmelo Anthony C – Tyson Chandler
The starting five above is the only feasible option for the Knicks this year. With that starting five it would allow for a second line of Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway, Andrea Bargnani and A’mare Stoudemire with Beno Udrih also mixed in.
While injuries will almost certainly become a factor at some point if not before opening night, the Knicks, when fully healthy, need to start the five mentioned earlier. With that lineup, they will be able to battle their Brooklyn rivals, who think that they themselves are ready to take over the city.
Starters are important but check out what all the important lineups for the Knicks should look like this season:
SF- World Peace
Final Four Minutes (with lead):
SF- World Peace
Final Four Minutes (when trailing):