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With Shumpert joining the backcourt, Prigioni's role may diminish greatly.
As the Knicks see talent return to the Garden hardwood, they'll inevitably witness some players be relegated to much lesser duties.
The most notable of these players is Steve Novak. Novakaine's performance has been tailing off in recent days. This could partly be due to a shooter's slump, but much of it has to do with the way he's been used in Mike Woodson's offense.
Woodson has seemingly drifted away from off-ball screens that helped free up Novak to unload open threes early this year. The shooter's field goal percentage has suffered, but due in large part to the fact that many looks have come in traffic.
Having the league's best shooter from long-distance is an incredible asset, but only if he's used in ways that benefit him—especially when the player doesn't bring any other basketball skill to the floor. It'll be interesting to see if Woodson can find a place for Novak in his rotation.
The demise of the Discount Triple Check may be in progress. In the season's first three games, Novak averaged 24 minutes, but has seen just 19.6 on average since.
The next odd man out could be the team's third point guard. With Iman Shumpert inserted into the rotation, Jason Kidd will return to his usual point guard duties, directing traffic for the second team. This leaves Pablo Prigioni largely out of the equation in the Knicks backcourt.
The 35-year-old Argentinian rookie has seen limited minutes and performed well, but has been vastly outplayed by Kidd. In 13 minutes per game, he's averaged three points and three dimes, although his true shooting percentage is an impressive 58 percent. His efficiency rating is at a pedestrian 14, however, while Kidd's is an outstanding 22.
Prigioni will be destined for the bench, not so much due to his play, but due to the talent of those around him.
Forward Kurt Thomas has essentially been axed from the rotation after the emergence of Rasheed Wallace as the team's 38-and-over-big-man-not-named-Marcus Camby. Apparently there can only be one of those.
It's safe to say that Thomas is the team's 13th man, ahead of James White and Chris Copeland, who round out the end of Mike Woodson's bench (Sorry, James and Chris).
End of the Bench:
PG: Pablo Prigioni (9-14 minutes)
SG: James White (0-5 minutes)
SF: Steve Novak (10-15 minutes)
PF: Chris Copeland (0-5 minutes)
C: Kurt Thomas (0-5 minutes)