Knicks Roster Predictions with Two Weeks to Go
Added by Steven Korn on October 16, 2013.
Raymond Felton will lead the Knicks at the point position. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With two weeks to go in the preseason and opening night versus the Milwaukee Bucks so close, most teams have their starting lineups set and coaches have their rotations ready. Luckily for those who like drama, the New York Knicks are not like most teams.
Coach Mike Woodson has still yet to announce what his starting lineup will be, and continues to stir up drama with the debate of who will start at shooting guard. Since we still aren’t sure what will happen, here are some predictions, assuming everyone’s healthy (Amar’e) and not suspended (J.R.) of what the Knicks rotation will look like.
The starting lineup should feature a backcourt of Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert supporting a frontcourt of Carmelo, Bargnani and Chandler. Their sixth man should continue to be J.R. Smith, with World Peace, Prigioni, Udrih, K-Mart, and Hardaway Jr. behind him. Also our highest paid player, Stoudemire, should get some minutes, but hopefully not many.
When fully healthy and eligible, those should be our 12 guys dressing for games. Those should be the 12 guys we spend our season watching and rooting for. Should someone not be able to play, which will absolutely happen, the Knicks will have three guys filling out their roster. My prediction for the last three roster spot are camp invites Toure’ Murry, Ike Diogu and Jeremy Tyler. Diogu and Tyler give the Knicks some size, which they will absolutely need if one of their current big men goes down, while Murry is a guard who’s talent is too good for the Knicks to cut. Forward C.J. Leslie and center Cole Aldrich are my guess for the last guys cut. Leslie will likely be better off working with D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, where he should be able to expand his game and become a valuable player in the future.
The Knicks (1-2) have four preseason games left; tune in Thursday as they travel to Washington to face John Wall and the Wizards.