A few weeks back, it was Knicks head coach Mike Woodson himself who said there were multiple starting positions on his team up for grabs. Though Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler were penciled in, two spots were left open. Taking Woodson's intrigue in dual floor general lineups, and his tendency to play Anthony at power forward last season into consideration, the possibilities are endless.
But with New York's season opener against the Bucks on Wednesday coming up, decisions need to be made. And while Woodson may not be coming right out to reveal which five guys will hit the hardwood for the Knickerbockers to kick things off, hints have been dropped and assumptions can be made.
My buddy Ian Begley reported earlier that in addition to likely slotting Iman Shumpert at the two guard position, Woodson is also toying with starting Metta World Peace against Milwaukee as well.
Of course, starting World Peace isn't as much about actually starting him as it is about putting him at the three, and Anthony subsequently at the four instead. Despite starting Andrea Bargnani next to Anthony throughout the preseason, the big man is still getting used to things as he aims to find a rhythm in the Big Apple.
When it comes to playing a certain way that works in their favor, the Knicks have already found a rhythm of their own with Anthony at power forward.
Starting Anthony and World Peace alongside one another is what I suggested not too long ago, though then I believe it becomes irrelevant which is slotted at the three and four positions at that point.
Starting Shumpert, given his slow but steady progress in camp (along with some nagging injuries/soreness) seems premature. The third-year guard could stand to have a real impact off the bench as well, given New York's revamped second unit this season. Pablo Prigioni, on the other hand, plays well with Anthony and has been known to be an instant defensive spark amongst the Knicks' other existent offensive firepower in the first unit.
If I'm Coach Woodson, I start Prigioni, Felton, Anthony, World Peace, and Chandler. That's not a bad first unit by any means (it's a rather balanced one at that) and it also allows for a pretty impressive second unit as well.
What do you think? Who should start for the Knicks to kick things off this season? Tweet me over at @KnicksJournal and let me know.