This Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Despite the slump that the team has been in as of late, the fast- paced, small ball style of the team is still extremely fun to watch if nothing else.
However, as the starting lineups were announced, I immediately realized that Mike D’Antoni was looking to try something different today. Here was his starting lineup, and the unusual circumstances that surrounded his starting 5:
The usual starting point guard, Chris was the only normalcy found in the Knicks’ lineup.
At 6’8, Wilson usually starts at either small forward or power forward, and can even be found subbing in at center during parts of the game. Therefore, seeing a guy who commonly plays big positions starting at shooting guard was certainly odd, especially for a coach who is well known for playing a small lineup.
At 6’11, the Knicks’ starting small forward was actually the tallest player in the starting lineup! This is extremely odd, considering the center is normally the tallest player, and the position is called “small” forward.
At 6’10, Tim was taller than the starting center as well. Furthermore, Tim was starting over the team’s usually power forward and leading scorer, Al Harrington.
At 6’9, the Knicks’ starting center was one of the shortest players in the starting lineup, being only 1 inch taller than starting shooting guard Wilson Chandler.
David, who is a power forward by trade, thereby completed on of the oddest starting lineups I have ever seen in the history of the NBA.