D’Antoni is known for going with a small game rotation, dating back to his days with the Suns. However, with depth being one of the Knicks’ strong suits, and so many players impressing in practice, there has been talk of an unprecedented 11 man rotation this season.
Where each player will fall in the rotation, however, is the question that should be asked.
While Chandler plays out of position at shooting guard, Roger Mason Jr., Bill Walker and Landry Fields have all been jockeying for minutes at the two-guard. As rumor would have it, Chandler will reportedly be shifted over to power forward as Stoudemire sits out the Knicks preseason game on Saturday night.
This would mean one of those three guards could get the start, although it could be Kelenna Azubuike who edges them all out for the spot, once he eventually returns from an injury.
Also up for grabs is the starting center position. With Turiaf not yet making a meaningful impact, and Mozgov still adjusting to the NBA game, D’Antoni may opt to move Stoudemire to the five when he returns.
Anthony Randolph, one of the Knicks' most heralded young talents, could also play center. However, he is also incredibly versatile, so it may take the coaching staff a while to determine where he fits in exactly.
Although D’Antoni could toy with various lineups all season long, once an initial starting lineup is put into place, it will be easier to see which players will be getting a fair amount of burn off the bench.