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Monday, October 7, 2013
Knicks to let 3-for-all continue

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- We still don't know who's starting and who's coming off the bench for the Knicks to start this season, but one thing has become clear in the first few days of training camp: Once again, New York plans to live and die by the 3.

"Absolutely," Mike Woodson said. "I'm not going to ever take that away."

The Knicks set an NBA record by attempting 2,371 3-pointers and making 891 last season.

The 3-heavy approach helped them win 54 regular-season games and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.

But the personnel has changed a bit this season.

Steve Novak and Chris Copeland led the Knicks in shooting percentage from beyond the arc last season, but neither player is back this season.

Jason Kidd hit an eye-popping 43.5 percent of his 3s during the Knicks' 18-5 start last season but tailed off from there, hitting just 27 percent in the last 40 games.

He retired with two years left on his Knicks contract and was hired to coach the rival Nets.

But with Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni back in tow, the Knicks have five of their top eight 3-point shooters from last season's team on the roster (based on 3-point shooting percentage of players with at least 120 attempts).

"We've got a lot of guys who can make them," Woodson says.

The Knicks ranked fifth in the NBA last season in 3-point shooting percentage (37.6).

But it's worth wondering if they can shoot as well with their new personnel.

Andrea Bargnani is a career 36 percent shooter from behind the arc, but he hit just 30 percent of his 3s in an injury-plagued 2012-13 season.

Metta World Peace hit 34.2 percent of his 3s last season, which is also what he's shot for his career.

Beno Udrih hit 33 percent of his 3-point attempts in 2012-13 and is a career 35.2 percent shooter.

"We have a different group of guys who can do different things," Carmelo Anthony said. "... [But] the 3-ball, we're still going to love the 3-ball."

In that case, let the "3-for-all" continue.

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