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Knicks to start tall lineup, maybe with Ronny Turiaf at center

Aug 31, 2010, 1:57 PM EST

Turiaf_stares.jpgWhat do we really know about the Knicks starting lineup? Raymond Felton at the one, Amare Stoudemire at the four and… well, this is why Mike D’Antoni gets paid the big bucks.

There is a lot more talent on the Knicks roster, and a lot more versatile talent this season, which gives D’Antoni options. Alan Hahn did some speculating on twitter that the Knicks could start a very tall lineup: Felton, Danilo Gallinari at the two, Anthony Randolph at the three, Stoudemire at the four… and Ronny Turiaf at center?

If so, that is a 6’10” player at four spots on the floor, and all athletic and able to run the floor. It could be interesting.

Center is the question mark. As Hahn notes in his tweet guessing it is Turiaf at the five, your other option at that spot is Eddy Curry. So yea, Turiaf. Here’s what you get out of Turiaf — all out hustle and energy. He’ll score a little (and fairly efficiently) but not a lot, he’ll rebound, he’ll give you his all on defense. He’ll turn the ball over too much. He’ll be diving into the front row for balls so much Spike Lee will make him pay for a seat. He’ll pick up quick fouls. Also, there are questions about how long his knees will let him play in terms of minutes.

Turiaf is one of my favorite players to watch in the league, but he is an off-the-bench energy guy in an ideal world. Although if Curry is your other option you are not in an ideal world. And in that case Turiaf is the better choice.

  1. knicksdefense - Aug 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Mozgov at center by December he could start.
    Right now the litmus test is Mozgov’s performance in the fiba tournament. he just put up 19 points in 20 minutes against turkoglu’s team.
    Donnie Walsh is a genius!

  2. hedonturkoglu - Aug 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    hey bra, agreed anyhow whats up with that http://sportscomplainer.com/nba thing? is it supposed to be like a sports drudge thing? whatever, i like it . lemme know what else u come across..

  3. KNICK FAN WITH KNOWLEDGE - Aug 31, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Walsh is no Genius because He cannot draft for his life! we should have drafted Brook Lopez instead of Gallo. And Jennings instead of Hill and Dujuan Blair instead of Toney Douglas if possible! Any good GM can clear salary cap space. Isiah was trying to fix Scott Laydens mess with a Win now approach.He was loved the first few years by everyone and when that didnt work?Everyone hated him and made him the bad guy and got silently fired. Dolan came in with a fire-sale and decided to clean house for the next 2 years? For Who Lebron and Wade? We still have a messed up REP, and he brought in Mediocre players who Lets face it! other than Felton all injury risk players…I love Amare but he is just as big as risk as McDyess.in return! Nice athletic lineup Now! But Dolan is far from a Genius!

  4. nyk19 - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    you are the dumbest person i have ever known

  5. KnicksRule - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    LOL agreed

  6. Bubs - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    I don’t know about this lineup, I think D’Antoni is definitely going to play Amare at C for a considerable amount of time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Felton/Azubuike(if not healthy, Walker)/Gallo/Randolph/Stat starting. That is an awesome offensive lineup.

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