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Last year, Steve Novak really had a breakout season for the Knicks, establishing himself as one of the league's premier outside shooters.
The one problem with Novak, which stopped him from being an even bigger part of Mike Woodson's rotation, was that he didn't bring anything to the table other than shooting.
Though you would still hesitate to call him a well-rounded small forward, things have changed for the better for Novak this season, as he has added a little bit more to other areas of his game.
In particular, Novak is playing much stronger defense this year, contributing well on the perimeter as well as in the post when called upon. He's even shown a surprisingly physical side to his game, with the occasional hard foul to stop an easy bucket.
So long as Novak doesn't hinder the team in other areas, it would make sense to increase his minutes just to benefit from his ability to shoot the ball.
Novak's range does so much for the team in terms of spacing, and his teammates know that if they make the extra pass and create a good look for him, that's three points in the bag.
It's hard to see where minutes might come from with Ronnie Brewer also playing at small forward, but there is a chance that he could take a few minutes from some of the team's big men here and there.