The Knicks suddenly have a lot of young talent
Last Friday New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale decided to bench some of his veteran players in order to allow some of his younger ones to start.
We saw Frank Ntilikina start over Trey Burke at point guard, Damyean Dotson starting at the three spot, Noah Vonleh at the four and Mitchell Robinson at the five. The only guy that stayed in the line-up was Tim Hardaway Jr.
During the first game against the Golden State Warriors the Knicks came out and gave the defending champs a run for their money, but failed to close things out in the fourth quarter and before they knew it, they were getting blown out by over 20 points.
Fast forward to Monday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets and the young Knicks line-up was able to help them get their first win in over a week.
Fizdale has made it clear that he’s not worried about winning right now. He wants to see what his young starting five can do as they build chemistry with one another.
“It’s not about that right now,” Fizdale told the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “It’s about building consistency with these groups. I don’t want to be jumping from game to game trying to hunt for wins. I’m trying to find consistency in combinations right now.”
It doesn’t sound like Fizdale wants to keep changing his line-up every game, so we’ll likely see this group for at least another week.
I love the fact that Fizdale is having his younger guys start.
Right now the only player I think that deserves to start that isn’t right now is Enes Kanter. Everyone else deserves to start, whether it’s Vonleh, Ntilikina or Dotson.
For now I do believe the best move for Fizdale and the Knicks is stick with this current group of players.
I really want to see what Robinson can do while starting for Kanter after an impressive game against the Nets during his 15 minutes on the floor.
In what is clearly a rebuilding year, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting with starting line-ups and that’s what Fizdale is doing. He needs to be able to see what his players can give him in different situations.
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