The New York Knicks Starting Five
Here’s the potential starting five for the New York Knicks in 2016-2017:
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
This is a risk. As much as Derrick Rose is a name deserving of headlining the point guard spot, Rose’s health issues raise many alarms. With having surgical procedures on both knees, Rose hasn’t been the explosive player he used to be. However, he’s proven he can play at an MVP level, and with this being a contract year, Rose is playing for the chance to keep his earnings high. If Rose can be that driving force that puts the Knicks in the playoff conversation in the East, Rose will earn his keep. He must adapt his play to remain healthy; distributing the ball more often and improving his jump shot will limit the amount of explosive runs he’ll have to perform going to the rim. With the Knicks signing Brandon Jennings as a backup, Rose should have manageable minutes to put in strong performances.
Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee
The latest signing for the Knicks, Lee is a strong stability at shooting guard. It gives Head Coach Jeff Hornecek the back court he needs to have an up-tempo offense. Lee is a capable scorer, averaging nearly 10 points a game, and should see those numbers increase in the offense the Knicks are going to run. He’ll need to be able to come off as spot up shooter in set piece offensive plays and be a run and gun three-point shooter when the breaks come New York’s way. But where Lee thrives is defense. With a defensive minded player in the Knicks back court, it’s going to make things easier for Lee’s partner Derrick Rose.
Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony
All-star. Face of the team. That’s Carmelo Anthony for the New York Knicks. His scoring arsenal is deadly; hitting from mid-range at ease, three-point shooting threat at all times on offense, and can score with ease near the rim. The only thing that will bother Anthony this year is the up-tempo offense Hornacek wants to implement. As the 32-year old star gets older, fast breaks won’t be so easy. He’ll have to adapt his body to make an adjustment, or sacrifice fast break opportunities to maintain his energy and decrease the risk of excessive fatigue.
Power Forward: Kristaps Porzingis
The young Latvian was booed when he was drafted, but turned heads on the court to become a beloved fan favorite. Many regard him as a future star in the NBA, with analysts comparing him to Dirk Nowitski, and superstar Kevin Durant calling him “a unicorn”. At 7’3” and an ability to shoot from long-range, he’s a player the Knicks are determined to build around and grow.
Center: Joakim Noah
Coming off only 29 games played due to injury and in your thirties doesn’t normally give you $18 million a year. Unless you’re Joakim Noah. He’s the other question mark on the Knicks roster when it comes to injury and ability to return to form. His time with the Chicago Bulls was highlighted in his defensive ability. If the Knicks need anything, it’s a defensive center, which they haven’t had since Tyson Chandler. If Noah can bring that defensive prowess to New York and stay healthy, the Knicks will have a thriving team. Noah is a presence on the floor with how he conducts himself on the court. He’s loud, he’s tenacious, he’s pure energy on the floor. That confidence and that brash and powerful demeanor can give the Knicks strong presence in the NBA.
Dillon Davis-Tirado covers basketball and other sports for My Fantasy Sports Talk. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thedavistirado.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/the-new-york-knicks-starting-five/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-10.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-10.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisAtlantic DivisionBasketballNBANew York KnicksCarmelo Anthony,Courtney Lee,Derrick Rose,Joakim Noah,Kristaps Porzingis,New York KnicksHere's the potential starting five for the New York Knicks in 2016-2017: Point Guard: Derrick Rose This is a risk. As much as Derrick Rose is a name deserving of headlining the point guard spot, Rose's health issues raise many alarms. With having surgical procedures on both knees, Rose hasn't been...Dillon Davis-TiradoDillon Davis-Tiradodavistirado@gmail.comContributorDillon Davis-Tirado is currently a rising journalist who joined MFST in November of 2015. He is a passionate soccer fan and is one of the main contributors to offering coverage of the sport to the fanbase. Hailing from New York City from the borough of Brooklyn, Dillon is a die-hard New York sports fan. He currently resides in Upstate New York, where he studies at Wells College in Aurora, NY. Follow him on Twitter @thedavistirado and the other MFST writers. Stay tuned for more!MyFantasySportsTalk