NBA basketball is not fantasy basketball.
Sure, the total points, rebounds, assists and stats are all relevant, but they're not the only thing that matters though.
Teams need to blend well. Chemistry, the right mix, getting the right players to buy into the system, and insuring those players possess skills that either adhere to, or complement, that system.
The New York Knicks have a limited budget, a head coach with a specific system, and some holes on the roster.
Unfortunately for Knicks fans the team can't just call guys up, offer massive contracts, and pick-and-choose exactly who they want wearing a Knicks uniform next season.
They're going to have to choose from a pool of low-cost players. These players are low-cost because they don't possess a myriad of basketball skills. They're limited in their potential. In the right system they can flourish, but in a bad setting they're nothing more than benchwarmers.
We all know the Knicks need to add players, and we all know they can't be too pricey.
They also must fit into the system that Mike Woodson employs. That's a system which stresses strong team defense, and an opportunistic offense which stresses getting the ball in the hands of those most likely to score.
The defense is a direct descendant of Woodson's college experience playing for Bobby Knight at Indiana.
The offense is more a product of his NBA experience.
Who are the best choices for the Knicks given their existing roster, and the system of head coach Mike Woodson?
Here's a set of five players, one at each position, who could provide limited contributions, in limited minutes, while also costing New York limited dollars.