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Old 10-28-2012, 05:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Without Amar'e, Knicks counting on depth

Originally Posted by insidehoops
Woodson will have to lean on Anthony, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith to carry more of the scoring load. They'll still have Tyson Chandler to set up and score in pick-and-rolls. His presence will help the Knicks establish better spacing and ball rotation.

Without Stoudemire, the Knicks' role players will need to create and finish more plays in halfcourt sets, and take advantage of open opportunities. As it is, the team doesn't have a deep 3-point shooting cast. They'll especially need to rebound, which Stoudemire does pretty well. In the preseason, that was one of their biggest weaknesses.

One benefit the Knicks have is their seasoned depth at point guard. Last season, all of the shuffling at the one -- from Toney Douglas to Iman Shumpert to Mike Bibby to Jeremy Lin to Baron Davis -- made it difficult for the Knicks to develop offensive consistency from the starting five to the second unit.

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