NY Knicks Roster 2012-13: Starting 5 Projections and Depth Chart Breakdown

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NY Knicks Roster 2012-13: Starting 5 Projections and Depth Chart Breakdown
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The New York Knicks experienced as much roster turnover this offseason as any squad in the NBA, but with the 2012-13 season tipoff fast approaching, the pieces are beginning to come together for a club that sees itself as a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

After seeing Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields both depart as restricted free agents, the team's front office opted to bring in a slew of veteran players, wrangling Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Ronnie Brewer, among others, to provide depth, defensive effort and, perhaps most importantly, veteran savvy for a team that struggled with locker room cohesion at times during their controversy-filled 2011-12 campaign.

The team also kept a number of key free agents from last season's playoff squad, hoping to build on their late-season success, as both J.R. Smith and Steve Novak were welcomed back into the fold.

Clearly in win-now mode under head coach Mike Woodson, New York is hoping that their slew of new rotation players can gel with both the defense-first system and each other early on so that the team can come on strong and not struggle out of the gate as they have for the past two seasons.

Before we get underway, let's look back at the past 12 months of New York Knicks' basketball:

2011-12 Record:

36-30


Final Finish in Standings:

Seventh in Eastern Conference

Second in Atlantic Division

Tied for 13th in the NBA (with Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks)

New Acquisitions over Summer:

Oscar Bellfield; Ronnie Brewer; Marcus Camby; Chris Copeland; Raymond Felton; Jason Kidd; Pablo Prigioni; John Shurna; Henry Sims; Chris Smith; Kurt Thomas; Mychel Thompson; Rasheed Wallace; James White.

Departures:

Landry Fields; Dan Gadzuric; Jared Jeffries; Jeremy Lin.

2012-12 Depth Chart and Head Coach:

Point Guard: Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni.

Shooting Guard: Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert (injured), James White.

Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony, Steve Novak, Chris Copeland.

Power Forward: Amar'e Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace.

Center: Tyson Chandler, Marcus Camby.

Coach: Mike Woodson.

With preseason basketball underway and final roster trimming coming shortly, let's take a look at what the New York Knicks' 15-man roster should look like when their season begins November 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.

For more information on the New York Knicks' 2012-13 season, check out Joel Cordes' and Ethan Norof's "Complete Season Preview for the New York Knicks" Podcast.

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