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Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton – not Iman Shumpert – guaranteed to start for Knicks

Oct 4, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

Iman Shumpert AP

As Mike Woodson played mad chemist with the Knicks’ starting lineup last season, four players started both every game they played and a majority of all New York’s games: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.

All four return to the Knicks this season, and three will definitely start again. Sorry (maybe), Iman.

Mitch Abramson New York Daily News:

Woodson made no guarantees that Shumpert would be able to reclaim his spot as the starting shooting guard and said that for now the only guaranteed starters are Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton

If Shumpert doesn’t win the starting job, who will?

J.R. Smith is the most talented option, but Woodson just said Smith must grow up. Besides, Smith has shown he’s most comfortable as a reserve, and I doubt Woodson removes Smith from that role.

Pablo Prigioni or Beno Udrih could get the nod if Woodson wants to start two point guards. The Knicks often used two point guards last season, and that helped keep the ball moving, though that also contributed to defensive and rebounding issues.

Tim Hardaway Jr. has the frame to defend well and he’s at least a streaky shooter, but he’s still just a rookie learning the ropes.

Toure Murry, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Chris Smith might not even make the roster. Then again, who would have thought Chris Copeland would make the team last year, let alone start as often as he did?

Shumpert is not a perfect choice, but he’s probably the most complete option. There’s a good chance Woodson knows that and is using this to motivate Shumpert and/or the players behind him.

That’s just what early October is for. In a month, Shumpert is most likely starting.

  1. cantonbound13 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Enough with the 2 point guards starting. It kills the rebounding. Start Shump at 2G.

  2. millertime1101 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Iman Shumpert is overrated

    • cruzan80 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      You probably didnt even know who Shumpert was before he got drafted….how is he overrated????

    • muhangis - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:06 AM

      Imam Shumpert is a pg on a team w/ a bunch of no-passing selfish superstars who play for themselves, who Shumpert always passes to them just standing around (little off ball movements by his mates) yet those guys never pass it back to him, even if he is wide open or making a cut toward the basket, all the while he is setting picks-and-screens for his teammates, and Carmelo, Stoudemire, Smith & Co. don’t appreciate any of it — so how the Hell is a point guard going to produce #’s that fans notice in that type of system?

      Shumpert is 6’4, easily one of the quickest/fastest guys in the NBA, he has the league’s highest vertical of any player, Imam’s *defense is STRAIGHT SHUTDOWN a player and causes havoc on team offense’s, he produces steals, his low turnover rate is one of the tops in the league (if not @ very top), his pt/to rate is very impressive, a very good passer, he’s explosive, exciting, an absolute MSG fan favorite, he’s one of the top 3 rebounding pg’s in the NBA, all the while he hit’s a good 3 pt. %.

      [LOOK IT ALL UP AND SEE FOR YOURSELF] …. He just turned 23 and still is a very young improving player. The issue is that his somewhat lack of production is due to the guys playing around him, he’s there to feed these guys stats, and they feed him nothing back. NYK’s has never played as a team :(

      Bottom line with Imam Shumpert: You win championships with this type of player. And less than with Carmelo or Amar’e….

      And, Shumpert = 25 x Felton

  3. millertime1101 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Iman Shumpert is overrated

  4. dysraw1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    on Oct.10th when the team takes the floor for the first time, i want to see Iman’s growth and maturity immediately. i want see better ball handling, better passing and decision making.and most of all i know he’s a good defender.but i want him to become an elite defender. these things will ensure his place on the team. young Tim jr is itching waiting

  5. legend30 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Same old Knicks…

  6. johngalt1783 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    The Knicks should start Bargnani. It will put them in the Wiggins lottery

  7. onlyavoice - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Only Guarantee With The Knicks Is Melo Will Be The Only One Shooting The Ball.
    Same Old Melo, Be it In Any Jersey.
    The Olympic Team Had To Remove Him As A Starter Because Of His Ball Hogging.
    Expect Melo To Have A Fantastic Year Stat Wise (Shooting Percentage)
    Expect The Knicks to Have A Decent Season,
    Then Expect Melo To Ball Hog The Knicks To An Early Exit (His Fake Injuries Included As Excuses).
    Woodson Will Be Fired At Season’s End (No Big Loss, He’s Not A Good Playoff Coach)

  8. csbanter - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Seems like Woody has a personal beef with Shumpert. Why wouldn’t he start the best on the ball defender on the team ? There a plenty of teams that will welcome Shump if NYK don’t want him.

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