Seven. Seven new players on the New York Knicks roster, not including the draft picks they sent to Europe (or Westchester) or the player they traded for and then traded away. Next April, when we number junkies are ripping apart every last decimal on the end-of-season stat sheets, what will the figures say about the new boys in blue (and orange)?
There are plenty of things to consider, first and foremost of which is the number of minutes they'll all receive. Vets who were starters for their last team may find themselves riding the Madison Square Garden bench. Youngbloods who impressed the new coaching staff during the summer league may find their roles and minutes expanding.
The triangle offense will also make a difference. In no time at all, new head coach Derek Fisher and Company got the summer league team running the triangle, led mostly by sophomore point guard Shane Larkin, plucked from the Dallas Mavericks in a trade earlier this summer.
If Fish can get the prime-time Knicks playing 48 minutes of triangle offense as well, the team's assists will be spread more evenly throughout the squad—meaning that point guards' assists may actually go down while other positions' increase.
Whose recent injuries may keep his minutes limited? Whose attitude or style of play will clash with his new teammates? Who's likely to get dangerous addictions to pizza and bagels as soon as he moves to New York?
With all that in mind, here are some projections of what the stat sheet will say about the magnificent seven new Knickerbockers: Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, Cleanthony Early, Quincy Acy, Travis Outlaw, Samuel Dalembert and Jason Smith.
*All figures are from NBA.com unless otherwise noted.