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Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  40 responses

Knicks May Play Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler Together


The New York Knicks will still shoot a ton of threes this season, but according to head coach Mike Woodson, New York could start trotting out considerably bigger lineups. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani may find themselves on the floor together. Per Newsday: “The Knicks had their most successful year in more than a decade last season by playing small, but Mike Woodson is leaning toward going big this season. Andrea Bargnani has been working mostly with the starting unit, playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler up front. The 7-foot Bargnani gives the Knicks a different dynamic because of his shooting ability. He can draw defenders and open things up for his teammates. Bargnani also could get more open looks than he did with Toronto by playing with Anthony. ‘It’s looking good, but I don’t know who’s going to start yet,’ Woodson said after practice Sunday. ‘But I like the makeup of Andrea and Melo on the floor at the same time with Tyson. In the scrimmage, we worked that combination. It wasn’t bad.’ The Knicks won 54 games last season, and on most nights, they started two point guards and Anthony at power forward. Woodson said he’s planning to go with a bigger shooting guard next to Raymond Felton this season. Iman Shumpert is the leading candidate. Woodson also said that if he thinks it’s the way to go, he again will start Felton and Pablo Prigioni. The preseason starts this week, so Woodson said he will get a better idea of what his lineup will be. But he doesn’t plan to use his regulars that much until the last preseason game or two. It makes sense to start Bargnani to give Anthony another scorer on the floor with him. Bargnani averaged at least 17 points three different seasons in his career. It also allows Anthony to move back to his more natural small forward position. Anthony excelled last year at power forward, leading the NBA in scoring at 28.7 points per game, but he also took a physical beating on both ends of the court against some of the bigger forwards. Anthony would welcome a return to his natural position, and he acknowledged he will be playing with Bargnani a lot.”

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  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    Knicks basketball……so……close……….

  • spit hot fiyah

    …..to disappoint again

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    No.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they “may” ? lol, oh, ok.

  • KSupreme

    Its just going create drama for the team STAT comes back…poor Amare…since Melo arrived, he’s had nothing but bad luck.

  • KSupreme

    when* STAT comes back

  • Nick Holden

    I am praying to the basketball gods that I get to see Melo, Bargnani and Stat sharing the court together one day.

  • bball knowledge

    not gonna happen

  • Dfrance

    Throw Shump in there with Felton and at least you’ll have 2 decent defenders on the court. They’re gonna need 2 basketballs on offense tho.

  • LLC#12

    At this point, after the injuries and mammoth contract, what is Amar’e even worth on the trade block? He’s pretty close to untradable I think.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol using good defender pretty loosely there with Krispy Kreme Felton

  • ChosenOne

    They need to start Prigioni. Better playmaker and defender than Felton.

  • LakeShow

    Why wouldn’t they? That will be their best offensive lineup.

    With Artest coming off the bench to change it to a powerful defensive front line, that sounds pretty nice. Knicks will have a nice regular season. Might get up in the top 3 seeds again.

  • LakeShow

    He gives effort man! … … …

  • spit hot fiyah

    he has been close to if not untradable since his first set back after signing that enormous non-guaranteed contract

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think he meant chandler

  • Dfrance

    Definitely meant Chandler and Shump. lol.

  • Dundler

    In other news, preseason seems to bring absolute non news into headlines

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha oh word, i thought you meant just on the perimeter….i was like, this dude’s child must not have let him get any sleep last night

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “powerful defensive front line” —- uhm, there are 3 players in the front court. and i don’t think Tyson Chandler qualifies as a “powerful” defensive player, he actually get’s abused on the block by bigger guys. he’s just great on the run / against motion systems.

  • LakeShow

    He qualifies in my mind. That’s fine he doesn’t in yours.

    For me, a DPOTY, that is 7 feet tall, and a rim altering, defensive savant counts as a powerful defensive player.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ahh i was just taking the word “powerful” literally, my bad.

  • ButterNuts

    Ya poor guy, his inflated contract probably doesn’t ease him at all.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Age speed

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    That was exactly what I was thinking. “WHY WOULDN’T They”? I actually wrote that a while ago under the amare stoudamire injury article. btw how do you think of new guards the lakers picked up even tho it’s pre season.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    They need Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Allen, Oden, Beasley, Battier, Cole to win a title. If the knicks can pull that off they are winning the title for at minimum next 2 years.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    why stat it’s more balance with tyson. Start iman with felton and that’s solid 5

  • Basketball_iQ

    When j. R. Comes in the game, he’ll ruin all the chemistry the article tries to speak up.

  • Basketball_iQ

    He’s a shot blocker,,, that wouldn’t make them powerful per se,,, powerful would translate on the offensive end as well and he’s definitely not of that category.
    Try this word when the knicks are mentioned: OVERRATED followed by the phrase – never winning a championship

    Lmao

  • Armando

    Nah.. Not a shot blocker. You’ll have to average more than 1.1 bpg, and 1.8 as your career high (6 seasons ago) to qualify as a shot blocker when you’re 7-1, long armed and athletic… Great defensive player though, no argument there, a real game changer and shot “alterer” perhaps, but not really a shot blocker ;)

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    Yeah, yeah I know the Heat exist. Thanks. Can’t a fan just enjoy watching her team play?

  • TR

    Chandler is not a shot blocker. Hes a guy who occasionally blocks shots.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Yes.

  • Wings23

    No chance at top 3

  • LakeShow

    Why?
    They have a potent offensive team and the regular season favors those.

    Do I think they can beat Miami/Indiana/Chicago/Brooklyn… No, but they might have a better RS record than a couple of them…

  • LakeShow

    He’s led the L quite a few times in FG% with over double digit points. I think he is more powerful than you are giving him credit for.
    Why would it matter if the Knicks are overrated in the context of this comment?
    Where are they rated anyway?
    Why would you say a team will “never win a championship”… You have no idea what the L will look like in 10-15-20+ years from now.

  • Wings23

    I just think the East is too deep. Miami will easily get more wins than NY. The Bulls still have Thibs as their coach so not only do they have more talent than the Knicks, they will compete every night. I think that after coming so close last year the Pacers will want to put the L on notice and I’m sure they’re playing to secure home court vs Miami. Imagine if they had home court during the playoffs…so they’re going to try and rack up the wins. I think the same may be true for BK (they are also more talented on paper than NY). This would put the Knicks at 5th place. I definitely don’t see them in the top 3. It’s an opinion but I’d wager anything & everything on it lol.

  • Wings23

    I knew the Knicks wouldn’t be a top 3 team but I never saw this…wow

  • LakeShow

    It is something no one could have foreseen. Pretty dismal state for them.

    Sadly the East is so weak that the Knick’s can still easily grab a top 5 seed and have a chance at the #3 still.

    Who do you think for sure is going to win more games than the Knick’s besides the Pacers and Heat?

  • Wings23

    I don’t think I could have foreseen the East being as bad as it is. I read last week somewhere that the West is 43-17 against the East and that included the Jazz who were like 0-4. I thought the Heat, Pacer, and Bulls would be top 3 but without Rose that’s not going to happen. Personally I just never thought the Knicks were going to be as good as they were last season. Also JR Smith looks pretty terrible right now. You can say its the injury but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were mental too. Last year there was a great article about Jr Smith about how he trained for the 2012-2013 season and put his past troubles behind him. He stopped going out/drinking as much and started hitting the gym alot more because he thought he could win a championship with last years team. This year the body language on that knicks team just seems off esp JR. It’s just something thats interesting to look at. I don’t know how this team is going to score enough points. They don’t shoot a high %, don’t score enough points, and aren’t a top 10 rebounding team. For a team that bricks so often they should gather more boards lol. They just seem very mediocre to me maybe a 4-5 seed at best this season (and only because the East is awful so far). It’s going to be really interesting to see how the 2-8 seeds play out in the east.

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