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Benchwarmers like James White has leaped over second-string players to get recent starts.
New York has had 11 players start over the course of the season. The lineup of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Ronnie Brewer, Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton was fairly consistent for the first part of the season. But then Brewer got traded and other players got injured, and the starting lineup seemed to have a revolving door.
Kurt Thomas, Chris Copeland, James White, Marcus Camby, Iman Shumpert and Kenyon Martin have all started over the course of the past several weeks. Most surprising about this list? Second-string players are nowhere to be found.
While the starting squad has been in flux, the second unit hasn't been altered at all, save for injuries. Rather than bump J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Novak or Pablo Prigioni to the front lines, Coach Mike Woodson has opted to promote his benchwarmers and leave the regular backups in place.