Tim Hardaway Jr. will be going back to his natural position this season
When the New York Knicks signed shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. as a free agent last summer, he was brought in to play the two spot.
But, with the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony and no other viable starting small forwards on their roster, it made sense for them to have Hardaway start in the three spot with Courtney Lee starting as their shooting guard.
Now it looks like Hardaway will have a new position this season.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale told reporters on Wednesday that he wants a bigger starting small forward this season, according to Stefan Bondy of he NY Daily News. So this rules out both Lee and Hardaway.
David Fizdale said he won’t settle on a starting lineup until after preseason and reiterated that he wants a bigger small forward (so no Courtney Lee or Hardaway at that position).
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) September 26, 2018
So with Lee and Hardaway ruled out, who will start for the Knicks at small forward this season?
Well, Fizdale could go with Mario Hezonja, who the Knicks signed as a free agent after he started his career with the Orlando Magic. Standing at 6-foot-8, he would be a more ideal small forward than someone like Hardaway who is 6-foot-6.
The Knicks also have Isaiah Hicks who stands at 6-foot-9, Lance Thomas who’s 6-foot-8 and of course rookie Kevin Knox who is 6-foot-9.
At this point, I would imagine that the front-runners to start are Thomas, due to his experience and Hezonja, who is a younger player with plenty of experience as well as well as more athleticism.
I would love to see Knox start, but he may not be ready to. It all depends on how he performs in the preseason.
Fizdale has already stated that every starting job is open, so he will get a chance to start in his first season.
Comment below and tell us who you think will start at small forward this season for the Knicks.
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