With potential starters Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani joining the mix, proven starter Pablo Prigioni returning and Iman Shumpert ready to go from day one, the New York Knicks already have more starting lineup options on the table than they did at last year’s opener.
Amar’e Stoudemire will also be healthy this November, and limited minutes or not, might get an occasional start as the year drags on. Tyson Chandler will miss a handful of games, as he has in recent seasons, paving the way.
Kenyon Martin, who started 60 percent (11 of 18) of his games in 2012-13, is returning, having just signed a one-year veteran’s minimum ($1.4 million) contract. That’s more offseason good news for the Knicks and Mike Woodson.
If there is one thing Woodson has a penchant for—be it due to injuries or to wake up a slumbering team—it’s a flexible starting five.
The Knicks translated 25 different starting lineups into 54 wins last season, and the team’s most successful year in over a decade.
With the delicate nature, advanced age, and—a positive—the multi-positional talent of this roster (i.e. ballers who are adept at several positions), there will be a good 15 to 20 variations on the theme again in 2013-14.
Here’s a look at five of those variations we’re bound to see, from least often to most.