Defining the New York Knicks' Offensive and Defensive Strategy for 2012-13

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Defining the New York Knicks' Offensive and Defensive Strategy for 2012-13
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Melo is the star, but Mike Woodson is running the show.

New York Knicks fans got a sneak preview of Mike Woodson's strategy as head coach at the end of last season.

He was extremely successful in closing out the regular season with the team on a roll, but they flamed out in the playoffs, managing just one win against the eventual champions. Granted, that was the Knicks' first playoff win in 11 years and they were besieged by injuries, but many fans were hoping for more.

This season, the Knicks have an even deeper roster following a series of offseason acquisitions. The point guard position has been completely overhauled with three skilled veterans in Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.

GM Glen Grunwald re-signed the team's mercurial sixth man, J.R. Smith, and added another starting-caliber shooting guard who can play the 2 or the 3 in Ronnie Brewer.

Grunwald also brought in a familiar face around Madison Square Garden—Marcus Camby. He gives the Knicks great depth at center next to Tyson Chandler, and constitutes an elite defender and rebounder off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony looked great during the London Olympics and Amar'e Stoudemire has been working hard on his offensive game.

But the question remains: What strategy will Woodson employ with this talented troop of veterans?

Let's first take a look at Woodson's track record as a head coach, and then predict what he seems likely to draw up on both sides of the ball.

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