Woodson's poor judgement has played a role in the team's recent struggles.
I recently went on a long-winded rant about Mike Woodson's recent deficiencies. For easy-readability's sake, I'll condense my points here.
Mike Woodson began the season as a Coach of the Year candidate. The Knicks were running incredibly successful sets involving all five players on the court. The defense was top-notch, and Woody was exceeding all expectations.
Then, as the season progressed, Woodson relapsed back to the coach we all presumed he'd be: Iso-heavy with a lack of schemes on offense; and he's transformed into something no one could've expected: the coach of a terribly inept defense.
On D—Woody's suspected specialty—the coach has implemented a strategy that's accomplished essentially nothing over the course of the last three months. When defending screen plays, Knicks players neglect to fight through the pick, as per Woodson's command, and instead switch at the first sign of a pick-and-roll.
This leaves the Knicks with matchup-nightmares all over the court, and teams have continued to exploit this over and over.
Woodson has also kept 39-year-old Jason Kidd in the starting lineup, despite his 25-percent clip from the arc since New Year's Day. He's played Iman Shumpert out of position at the small forward, and kept Shump from guarding the opposing point guard, as we've seen him successfully accomplish in his young career.
On offense, the Knicks went from running the most efficient offense arguably, to the most reckless and isolation-dependent.
Rarely does Woodson call out for sets on offense nowadays. It's up to Carmelo Anthony or J.R. Smith to determine how the shots will come, and they're often poor attempts.
This has especially troubled sharpshooter Steve Novak, who thrived off sets that left him wide-open last year and early this season. Currently, Novak's role on offense is to camp beyond the arc, and hope a defender leaves him some room to operate, and that a Knick spots it at the right time. Novak's three-point attempts are down to just 3.8 per game over the last 12 contests.