With the football kickoff countdown down to single digits and Madden 25 filling the shelves, along with baseball pennant races heating up, it’s hard to think about the NBA season.
The days are flying by and before you know it our shorts and tank tops will be put away and your basketball hoodies will be hanging in the closet.
For New York Knicks fans, this upcoming season might be the last chance we have to be a great team in the Eastern Conference. No one is getting younger and the window of opportunity is on its way down, so this season has to be even better than last year.
Mike Woodson has a few new faces on this team including: Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and rookies Tim Hardaway Jr. and CJ Leslie. In addition, the front office was able to re-sign Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni, and Kenyon Martin.
However Woodson has yet to commit to a starting five except for the fact that Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will be three of the five.
The potential starting five that Woodson is going to go with should be pretty much the same lineup as last season.
There are four players that pretty much have their spot set in stone: Anthony, Chandler, Felton, and Iman Shumpert. The fifth spot is up for grabs and it’s going to come down to what kind of lineup Woodson wants out there.
The Knicks are deep this season, but we have seen Woodson go with two point guards in the starting rotation, so a Felton-Prigioni starting backcourt could be very possible.
Anthony is no doubt one of the best players in the league, winning the scoring crown last season, and played mostly at the 4 position, at least in the starting lineup. If Melo stays at the 4, it’s very possible that World Peace gets the start at the 3.
The pink elephant in the room is the $20 million man in Amar’e Stoudemire.
In a perfect world, Stoudemire, Chandler, and Carmelo are all healthy and all have the chemistry of a hydrogen and oxygen atom, but they don’t.
STAT is going to have a minutes limit this season and I doubt he starts. Woodson loves him off the bench and having that offensive explosiveness paired with Smith.
Smith and Stoudemire are two of the most talented Knicks, and make a lot more money than Prigioni and World Peace, but Woodson doesn’t care about salaries.
Woodson puts the best 5 out there that give him a little bit of everything and makes up the best 5 man lineup.
If I had to pick now, I believe the Knicks starting lineup will have Felton, Prigioni, World Peace, Anthony and Chandler as their starting lineup on October 30th against the Milwaukee Bucks in MSG.