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NEW YORK -- Training camp kicks off Tuesday. To get ready, we are taking a position-by-position look at the Knicks' roster. Here's our analysis of the team's point guards, shooting guards and small forwards. Today, we examine the power forwards.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the Knicks' power forwards in the comments section below.
WHAT'S NEW? The Knicks brought in plenty of players in the offseason who can play power forward. Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin can all fill in at the 4. So the power forward position is one of the Knicks' deepest heading into training camp. And that's without even mentioning Carmelo Anthony.
If recent history is any indication, Anthony will also see plenty of time at power forward this year.
According to our guy Tom Haberstroh's Knicks player profiles, Anthony spent just 19 percent of the Knicks' minutes at power forward in 2011-12. That portion jumped to 48 percent last season, according to 82games.com tracking.
Of course, mismatches at power forward also allowed Anthony to score 28.7 points per game and win the NBA scoring title.
HOW WILL IT ALL FIT? On paper, it seems like Mike Woodson will have to deal with a logjam at power forward. But that may not be the case. The Knicks' depth should allow Woodson to play guys like World Peace, Bargnani and Stoudemire fewer minutes to keep them fresh and allow them to avoid injuries from overuse.
If Woodson starts Anthony at power forward, he can mix and match with World Peace, Bargnani, Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire off the bench. It would seem that at least one of these players would play fewer minutes than expected. Maybe that player would be Stoudemire, who has a history of knee issues and will likely be limited to 20 minutes per game this season?
QUESTION: How do you feel about the Knicks' power forward situation going into this season?
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