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Amar'e Stoudemire will likely lead a potent Knicks bench this season.
The Knicks have one of the deepest team's in the league after their productive offseason. Despite limited resources, Glen Grunwald has pieced together a team that has depth at every position.
New York has Beno Udrih to come off the bench either as the backup point guard or third-string point guard, depending on the starting lineup (if Prigoni and Felton start, Udrih becomes the backup). Udrih has proved he is solid three point shooter and has only turned the ball over 1.5 times per game in an average of 23.5 minutes per game (via ESPN).
The Knicks will need the reigning sixth man of the year, J.R. Smith, to be more consistent this year than last. However, Smith is currently recovering from knee surgery and his status for opening night is in doubt. If Smith can return to full strength and perform well, he gives the Knicks an elite scorer off the bench, something Brooklyn lacks.
It is also possible that New York will have three big men available on the bench to back up Tyson Chandler. Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire each offer something different and Woodson will need to find ways to play to their strengths.
Bargnani is a solid three-point shooter, Amar'e has a solid mid-range game and K-Mart is the best defender of the three. Woodson will need to make time for all three to get on the floor.
Brooklyn has also invested in their bench this offseason. They added Jason Terry in the trade with Boston to give them a scorer off the bench. While Terry is a solid offensive player, he is nowhere near the level of player as J.R. Smith (at least not anymore).
The Nets also added Andrei Kirilenko to their bench this summer. Kirilenko is the ultimate glue guy who will play more than most people think in part to the advanced age of Garnett and Pierce. The two veterans will likely get more rest than they have in the past in an effort to keep them fresh for the playoffs and Kirilenko is sure to get some of those minutes.
Alan Anderson was also added to Brooklyn's bench this offseason. Anderson, 30, had a breakout season last year with Toronto after averaging 10.7 points in 23 minutes per night.
Brooklyn shored up their backup point guard situation after signing Shaun Livingston to a one year deal worth the veteran’s minimum. The 27-year-old is a solid ball-handler and has only averaged 1.5 turnovers per game for his career.
In one of the most under-the-radar offseason moves, Brooklyn managed to retain big man Andray Blatche with a one-year contract worth $1.4 million. This signing is huge for Brooklyn because Blatche gives Brooklyn a solid big man off the bench to spell Garnett and Brook Lopez.
While Brooklyn significantly improved their depth, New York's bench is much deeper. The Knicks have more big men off the bench and still have plenty of shooting with Smith and even Metta World Peace. Brooklyn is not too far behind, but New York's bench is one of the deepest in the league.