Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  12 responses

Mike Woodson Unsure of the Knicks’ Starting Lineup

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson knows he has his work cut out for him in the Eastern Conference. Heading into next season, Woodson says he has yet to figure out his starting lineup. Per Newsday: “All the talk this offseason has been about the Nets’ starting five with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett being traded from Boston and joining Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams under new coach Jason Kidd. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson isn’t sure what his starting five will look like heading into the season. Woodson was asked about his lineup during an appearance at the Garden of Dreams Foundation’s fifth annual Dream Week at the Knicks’ training facility yesterday and only would guarantee spots to three players: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. ‘That’s what we use camp for. I have no idea who’s going to start,’ Woodson said. ‘Camp should be pretty competitive based on the talent, and that’s how it should be.’ Noticeably absent from that list of starters was Iman Shumpert, who started all 45 games he played in last season after returning midway through the season from an ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs. Shumpert also started all 12 of the Knicks’ playoff games last season. ‘You’ve got to go in and earn a spot,’ Woodson said when asked about Shumpert’s status as a starter. ‘That’s how I look at it.’ Woodson, however, did praise Shumpert’s progression, saying his jump shot has ‘definitely improved’ and with more time he will get even better. Woodson also said he wasn’t sure how he would use Anthony, who played most of last season at power forward and won the league scoring title with an average of 28.7 points per game. With Amar’e Stoudemire and newly acquired forward Andrea Bargnani in the mix for playing time, Woodson could move Anthony back to his original position at small forward, though he wouldn’t say what his plan is just yet.”

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    H’es going to be doing this a lot this season.

  • spit hot fiyah

    1, jr
    2, melo
    3, bargs,
    4, mwp
    5, amare

    just for the sake of comedy

  • Juan Paolo Miñas

    Felton, (If Shumpert’s still injured, start JR), Melo, Bargnani, Chandler. STAT, Martin and MWP = enforcers. Hehe

  • Shumpert

    I’m starting. If Woodson benches me, diss tracks are coming.

  • ChosenOne

    He has to start Pablo Prigioni at the Point Guard spot. An absolute must. Trust me on that Knick nation.

  • RKJ92

    LOL melo would lead his team in assists at 3apg

  • LLC#12

    Pablo/Shump/Metta/Melo/Chandler would be cool. I still think they should trade Stat. Silly having him, Bargnani and Martin all on the bench, especially when both Amare and Barg’s are terrible defensively.

  • spit hot fiyah

    put phil jackson on the track next time

  • KingBenjamin

    Damn near impossible to trade Amare (injury issues) and a contract that pays him $21,769,893 this season and $23,410, 988.

  • KingBenjamin

    He should give Amare a chance in the starting line up, if and that’s a big if, if he’s healthy, him and Melo can work as long as Melo plays unselfishly.

    What it should look like

    2013-2014 Knicks Depth Chart

    PG Raymond Felton – Pablo Prigioni – Beno Udrih
    SG Iman Shumpert – J.R. Smith – Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF Carmelo Anthony – Metta World Peace – C.J. Leslie
    PF Amare Stoudemire – Andrea Bargnani
    C Tyson Chandler – Kenyon Martin – Jeremy Tyler

  • danpowers

    much more interesting than the starting lineup will be the goon lineups that roster is capable of e.g. pg prigioni / sg smith / shump / sf mwp / pf martin / c chandler

  • meloman444

    Jr is actually the injured one. Shumpert has been healthy as of late