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NBA Power Rankings: Teams Whose Starters Can't Beat the New York Knicks' Bench
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The New York Knicks' bench is a complete unit.

Ball distributor?  Check!  Baron Davis is a strong floor leader capable of making all his teammates better.

Athletic young player with upside?  Check!  Rookie Iman Shumpert is a first-round talent who has already seen time as a starter.

Athletic wing man?  Check!  J.R. Smith disrupts plays on defense, can throw down highlight-reel dunks and also hit the three.

Sharpshooter?  Check!  Steve Novak should never be left open, but every game it seems the opposition forgets where he is.  He reminds them with the "Discount Double Check" move as he runs back down the court after hitting a three.

Defensive presence?  Check!  Jared Jeffries plays aggressive defense and rebounds.  Occasionally, he'll even hit an open shot—bonus!

They even have their own "sixth man" of sorts; while Jeffries is out, rookie big man Josh Harrellson will step in and provide hustle, rebounds and more hustle.

Sadly, there are three teams in the NBA that probably wish they could trade their starters for the Knicks' bench squad. Here is a look at these sad stories.

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