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New York Knicks: Which Bench Players Are Worth Keeping?
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In the depression of the NBA lockout, many of us analyze which stars fit best on which teams.

We get so caught up in conversations over the few that we often forget about the many.

Everyone seems to complain about what was given up in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, which was a necessary trade that left the New York Knicks depleted of role players and help off the bench.

In moving forward, the Knicks have most, if not all, of the big pieces they'll need.

Now, it's time to take a look at the smaller pieces.

As Colin Farrell's character in the new movie Horrible Bosses said, the Knicks need to "trim the fat."

Unlike Farrell, I don't mean that they need to fire the fat people (mainly because Eddy Curry was already traded), but they do need to get rid of the players who are weighing them down.

Perhaps the best example of the Knicks' depth struggles came during game two of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics.

Amar'e Stoudemire went down with a back injury, and 'Melo was forced to play every grueling minute of the second half.

Unable to take even a minute rest, Anthony was worn out in the closing plays of the game, as he almost carried the Knicks to victory by his lonesome.

With just a little help for Anthony, the Knicks could've done a lot more damage.

The Knicks of the '90s had two Sixth Man Award winners, with Anthony Mason in '94-'95 and John Starks in '96-'97, so fans can recall the importance of having a deep roster.

It isn't the sexiest topic, but it is one that needs to be visited.

Here are the players that came off the bench for the Knicks last season and how they will fit into the team's scheme next season.

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