Last year's rookie sensation, Iman Shumpert, is rehabbing a knee injury and isn't expected back until January at the earliest, according to the New York Post.
But just because J.R. Smith is the best player at the position, does that automatically mean he should be named the starter by default?
Unfortunately, with Shumpert sidelined, the Knicks would have to sign a starting shooting guard, and the remaining pool of options at the 2 is decidedly shallow.
Thankfully, an angel came down from heaven on Tuesday in the person of Ronnie Brewer.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reported Tuesday morning that the Knicks had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the former Chicago Bull. After Brewer's $4.3 million option was not picked up, he hit the open market, and the Knicks snagged the strong defender for the veteran minimum of just over $1 million, according to early reports.
While the deal has not yet been completed, Brewer gives the Knicks a tremendous option at 2-guard. While he lacks the shooting prowess of J.R. Smith, he plays good defense, doesn't turn the ball over, has a successful track record as a starter and comes at the right price.
Brewer played in all 66 games last season, starting 43 of them. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and just 0.9 turnovers in 24.8 minutes. Brewer also started 209 games for the Utah Jazz from 2007 to 2010.
With Brewer expected to compete for the starting job with Smith, last year's sixth man, who will win the positional battle?
Here are five reasons why J.R. Smith shouldn't be the starter.