Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
1. Carmelo Anthony
2. Steve Novak
3. James White
This Knicks team is built around Carmelo Anthony, and as talented as the team around him is, it will only go as far as Melo takes it.
As you'd expect, Melo will play a lot of minutes for the Knicks—as he has done for the last one-and-a-half seasons—but this time around, things may be a little different.
Though Anthony will be used as often as before, he will look to play a slightly less-dominant role in the offense, so as to allow Amar'e Stoudemire to get his touches and for chemistry to build.
Without the added pressure of trying to distribute the basketball, as he was expected to last season, Anthony will be in a much more comfortable role, especially with the additions of the three aforementioned pass-first point guards.
Melo will still be the Knicks' leading scorer, and there will undoubtedly be those games which he just takes over, but as he's said himself, this isn't about putting up numbers anymore—it's about winning.
Behind Anthony, Steve Novak will get the majority of the backup minutes, as one of the league's most dangerous three-point shooters.
The majority of Novak's scoring will come from spot-up shooting, but after being shut down vs. Miami in the playoffs, he's taken it upon himself to add a few more wrinkles to his game, too.
It won't be anything greatly notable, but we could see some more shots off the dribble to help shake off defenders when they play tight like the Heat did.
The third small forward, James White, has an intriguing highlight reel, but after seeing what he's done in the summer league and preseason, it's unlikely he'll have much impact. If anything, he's just a waste of a guaranteed contract that could have otherwise gone to a younger camp invitee.