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New York Knicks: How Will Coach Fizdale Manage Depth?

by Mikey Murphy
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The New York Knicks are now very deep. Some knick fans fear the current roster is a little too deep. During the 2019-20 NBA offseason, Scott Perry, Steve Mills, and the New York Knicks determinedly established depth, especially at the forward position. The Knicks signed forwards Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson. They also drafted combo forwards RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. Both draft picks are versatile. RJ can play point-guard and shooting-guard. Brazdeikis can possibly play shooting-guard, small-forward, and power-forward.

The New York Knicks backed away from a contract with undrafted forward Kris Wilkes due to health concerns and are now contemplating the possibility of replacing Wilkes with the shot-blocking athletic forward/center from Oregon by the name of Kenny Wooten. Former Oregon Duck, Kenny Wooten will be at training camp seeking a two-way deal. The Knicks signed a plethora of forwards, however, they are all versatile. The versatility of these players will allow Coach Fizdale to get very creative with lineups on a nightly basis.

David Fizdale’s depth management will definitely be based on the cohesion of certain players on the court. This is exactly what training camps and preseasons are for. It gives the coach a feel for guys strengths/weaknesses and what formulas to use for success. Chemistry is key for such a deep roster. It also doesn’t hurt that players started a chain text amongst one another and began taking the initiative to work out together at various locations.

Overall, David Fizdale has been a well-respected coach around the league due to his communication skills. Being clear and direct with your message is crucial when dealing with personalities. Fizdale may give the media the sugar side but behind closed doors, I guarantee David Fizdale demands a culture of winning in that Knick locker room by any means necessary.



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D S September 9, 2019 - 3:30 pm

NY Knicks

(00) indicates minutes

PG – D. Smith (22) / E. Payton (20) / Trier (06)

SG – Barrett (10) / Trier (18) / Ellington (10) / Dotson (10)

SF – Morris (18) / Knox (20) / Barrett (10)

PF – J. Randle (30) / Taj Gibson (14) / Morris (04)

C – M. Robinson (24) / B. Portis (20) / Taj Gibson (04)

Minutes total
Randle (30)
Robinson (24)
Trier (24)
Morris (22)
D. Smith (22)
Portis (20)
Payton (20)
Barrett (20)
Knox (20)
Gibson (18)
Ellington (10)
Dotson (10)

Of course if Barrett and Knox struggle, players Dotson, Ellington a Taj will get more minutes.
Also playing the hot hand and injuries will affect minutes as well.

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Mikey Murphy September 10, 2019 - 11:09 pm

Great set up… but I think Brazdeikis will surprise people. It will be tough to keep Iggy Braz off the court due to his shooting ability.

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