New York Knicks Rotation and Roster Spots Up for Grabs

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New York Knicks Rotation and Roster Spots Up for Grabs
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'I don't get it. Why won't they just let us play 2-on-2?'

The New York Knicks overhauled their roster in the offseason. They let starting-caliber players like Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields walk, and they eviscerated their bench. Gone are Toney Douglas and Jared Jeffries, Mike Bibby and Josh Harrellson.

So what are the position battles on the 2012-13 Knicks?

GM Glen Grunwald brought point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd back to the New York area. He re-signed sixth man J.R. Smith and lured Ronnie Brewer from the No. 1-seeded Bulls for pennies on the dollar.

Steve Novak won his early Bird rights in arbitration and brings his long-range assassin aim back to the roster. A couple of sage veterans will also return to Madison Square Garden in Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.

And after that...well, it's a host of rookies on non-guaranteed contracts and Euroleaguers.

The Knicks' Big Three—Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler—are written into the lineup in pen, and it's probably the same pen used to sign the $53 million in payroll checks they'll be receiving for next season.

Everyone else's name is penciled into the lineup.

So let's take a look at how the position battles will go.

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