This preseason is crucial for the development of a New York Knicks team that is returning just six players from last year's squad and will be learning new offensive and defensive systems under Coach Mike Woodson.
The Atlantic Division will be a four-team race between the Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. If the Knicks are going to come out on top, they must begin the season healthy and hit the ground running.
Iman Shumpert and Ronnie Brewer are already on the shelf while recovering from knee surgeries. Additional injuries during the preseason would be extremely detrimental to the team's progress and leave them thin at certain positions.
These are five Knicks who absolutely must avoid injury this preseason.