Anthony and Stoudemire, and Do You Want 'Em for the Rest of This Season?
- By: Charlie Zegers
- On: 3/2/2012 12:46:00 PM
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But I wouldn't want to own either one of them in a fantasy league.
The Knicks' comeback win over Cleveland earlier this week may have been alarming to owners of several Knicks - Stoudemire and Anthony in particular. Not because the Knicks struggled to defend Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison in the first half and fell behind by 17... because the comeback was driven, in large part, by Steve Novak, Baron Davis, JR Smith and Iman Shumpert.
With Jeremy Lin solidifying the starting five with his steady play, Novak emerging as a very dangerous outside-shooting threat with Davis and Smith read to make a real contribution, the Knicks suddenly look like one of the deepest teams in the NBA. Consider - Toney Douglas and Bill Walker have both spent significant amounts of this season in the starting lineup; today, they're Mike D'Antoni's eleventh and twelfth men.
Generally speaking, Mike D'Antoni prefers to run a short, playoff-style rotation. This season - with a particularly deep team and a highly-compressed schedule, a seven-man rotation makes very little sense. And the Knicks' second unit gives the team a very different look than the starting five - a high-energy lineup that plays very good, frenetic defense.
Look for the Knicks to go ten-deep for the rest of this season. Lin will give way to Baron Davis. Landry Fields and Anthony will give way to JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Steve Novak, while Jared Jeffries spells Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. And what that means some of the Knicks bench players will have more value than anyone expected, especially category specialists Novak (threes) and Shumpert (steals), it is going to hurt the numbers of top-of-rotation players - STAT and 'Melo especially.