The Knicks are still trying to figure out their best line-ups
New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale has made things very interesting this season by mixing up his line-ups quite often.
So, I was thinking, what is the best line-up that the Knicks can go with down the stretch during the fourth quarter?
Well, I’ve come up with the line-up that I think would benefit the Knicks the most.
Center – Mitchell Robinson
I think it was a great move by Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale to have Enes Kanter back in the starting line-up over Robinson due to the fact that the young rookie was getting in early foul trouble.
I also like Robinson off the bench because of his athleticism and stingy defense. He can really help the Knicks late in games the way he did recently against the Boston Celtics.
Power Forward – Noah Vonleh
Vonleh has revived his career with the Knicks and is clearly their best power forward. He’s been averaging a solid 8.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in over 24 minutes of action.
As the season rolls along, I hope to see rookie Kevin Knox continue to develop and prove that he has what it takes to help the Knicks finish games. But right now, Vonleh is the best option.
Small Forward – Damyean Dotson
Dotson hasn’t been on the floor much lately and that’s due to the fact that Fizdale continues to rotate guys in and out of his line-ups in order to get different looks.
When Dotson was playing he’s been impressive while averaging 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 26.9 minutes.
Dotson has proven his value as a scorer as well as someone who’s one of the Knicks’ best defenders, which is why he should be on the floor when the game is on the line.
Shooting Guard – Tim Hardaway Jr.
As much as Hardaway makes me nuts with his wild shot attempts, he’s still New York’s go-to player with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined.
Trey Burke has also proven to be a scorer, but he’s not as consistent as Hardaway.
I also like Allonzo Trier, but he can’t put up the numbers that Hardaway does. He will one day though.
Point Guard – Trey Burke or Emmanuel Mudiay
The Knicks don’t have one particular guy that can hold things down at the point, which is why Fizdale will need to go with the hot hand. Both Mudiay and Burke have proven that they can make a difference, but they’re inconsistent like the rest of the roster.
I know many people might be wondering where Frank Ntilikina is on this line-up, but the fact that he can’t score and is only a defensive player, I don’t like him on the floor in crunch time.
Now, if there is a particular player that Ntilikina can take out of the game that could hurt the Knicks, I’m open to having him in the game, but New York needs all of the offensive help they can get.
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