The Knicks didn’t wind up with the super team they were hoping for, but they definitely had a significant makeover. They’re looking at new starters at multiple positions. And if the report today out of the New York Post winds up the case, they could be sporting four new players in the starting five, making for a starting team tall as a skyscraper.
The Post reports that the Knicks are considering starting Danilo Gallinari at shooting guard with Anthony Randolph at small forward, and Amar’e Stoudemire at power forward alongside Ronnie Turiaf at center (you know, when Eddy Curry shows up 30 lbs. overweight and is sent home the first week of camp). For those of you keeping track, that puts a 6-10 shooting guard, a 6-11 small forward, a 6-10 power forward, and 6-10 center on the floor at the same time. It’s like a fleet of giraffes with a license to shoot. For those of you keeping track at home, that puts 33’6” on the floor with Raymond Felton at point guard. That’s actually, coincidentally enough, one incher longer in height than the Lakers have with Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum on the floor. So it’s just like the Lakers, only not as experienced, talented, or, well… good.
Gallinari is a pure shooter, so his move to shooting guard is natural. Randolph has never had the frame to compete at power forward, so his position at the wing running the occasional point forward is touch towards his ceiling, provided he can raise his awareness and instincts considerably. The big issue in this lineup is rebounding, but that’s never stopped Mike D’Antoni before. It does put nothing but fast, agile athletes that have range on the floor, and could create one of the more entertaining lineups in the league, even if the wins wouldn’t be inherent.
The Knicks are going to be weird next season. Weird, and fun, and much different than they’ve been in two decades.