- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Is it time for a change?
Mike Woodson has hinted several times over the past few days that he’s thinking about altering his starting lineup.
With the Knicks mired in a season-high four-game losing streak, do you think Woodson needs to make a change?
Here are a few options to consider:
THE LINEUP: Felton, Shumpert, Smith, Anthony, Chandler
WHY IT COULD WORK: The Knicks have had a tough time guarding the opponent’s off guard for long stretches of the season. The culprit, at times, has been Jason Kidd.
Kidd has had difficulty stopping bigger, faster guards while in the starting lineup. In the lineup above, Shumpert would switch to the 2 and, ideally, would be able to make life tough for the opposing shooting guard.
J.R. Smith could also boost the Knicks on both sides of the ball and his presence at small forward would allow Anthony to stay at power forward, where he’s enjoyed a mismatch all season.
THE DRAWBACK: Inserting Smith into the starting lineup takes a significant amount of firepower away from the Knicks' bench, which has been a strength all season. In theory, though, Kidd would strengthen the second unit.
THE LINEUP: Felton, Shumpert, Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler
WHY IT COULD WORK: The Anthony-Stoudemire-Chandler trio wasn’t effective last season. But thanks to Stoudemire’s improved post game, the three stars have been more productive when sharing the floor this year, so this lineup may be effective.
THE DRAWBACK: Stoudemire continues to be a liability on the defensive end. So inserting him into the starting five would compromise the defense. It would also force Anthony to move to small forward.
THE LINEUP: Felton, Shumpert, Copeland, Anthony, Chandler
WHY IT COULD WORK: Adding Copeland to the starting lineup gives the Knicks another scoring threat alongside Anthony. This lineup would also force Kidd to the bench, which, again, would benefit the second unit. This lineup could also be more effective at limiting the opposing backcourt.
THE DRAWBACK: Copeland has shown he can score, but the rookie struggles to get stops. So the lineup above could struggle on defense.
Question: Would you change the Knicks' starting five? If so, which lineup would you go with? Why?
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