New York Knicks: How Do The Knicks Stack Up Against The Sixers?

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Battle of the Benches

Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (left) celebrates after shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) made a basket to regain the lead against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Although he may be a starter, Jason Richardson should be used off the bench. At this point in his career, he should bring his one-sided ability off the bench and hit some three’s as the sixth man. Arnett Moultrie, Lavoy Allen, James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht are some of the other names of Philly’s bench players. With a guy like Kwame Brown as one of your top bench players, you have a problem. The Sixers are also bringing in Darius Morris for some help as the backup point guard. You don’t have to read the names of those guys more than once to understand that there’s not much help waiting on Philadelphia’s sidelines. The Sixers’ second and third units will be rough. There’s no other way around it.

Despite being ridiculed for their lack of cap flexibility, the New York Knicks have built one of the deepest rosters the NBA has to offer.

Only a year-and-a-half ago, the Knicks were starting Mike Bibby and relying on the likes of Bill Walker and Toney Douglas for production off the bench, but they now have what is arguably the best second unit in the entire league.

The Knicks bench was pretty good to begin with at the start of the offseason—they already had the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, a six-time All-Star and one of the league’s most feared defenders—but the additions of Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr. make them as deep as anyone around.

Advantage: New York Knicks

Coach Battle

The Sixers are bringing in a first year coach in Brett Brown who served as the assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for the past seven seasons. On paper, the hire makes sense. He has the desire to win and the style of play that works in today’s game. Learning from one of the best coaches in the NBA Greg Popovich may have done him some good, but in reality that has yet to be proved.

We all know that Knicks have a good coach in Mike Woodson. Woodson runs a balanced offense that can work for any team in the league and whatever team he coaches, the team improves significantly. With playoffs under his belt, Woodson takes this battle by default and hopefully he can continue to impress the Knicks fans and stay for more years to come.

Advantage: New York Knicks

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