The Knicks vs. Bucks game on Wednesday night will show New York its new roster of players. This Knicks vs. Bucks game might not seem like a big deal, but as New York tries to hang onto the sixth seed (or possibly move up) in the Eastern Conference, a win is much needed. There won’t be much time for this team to develop chemistry and get on the same page, but at least the fans will finally get to see the new Knicks players for the first time.
Through two trades earlier in the week, the New York Knicks have six new players on the roster. In addition to Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have a new point guard in Chauncey Billups, a new shooting guard in Corey Brewer, and another guard to come off the bench in Anthony Carter. Power forward Renaldo Balkman could also see a lot of action, as this new Knicks team is going to be a bit undersized on the court. There are now only two players on the roster above 6’9″ (Amare Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf), meaning that this team might have to try to just outscore opponents for a while.
The starting lineup for the Knicks looks to be Anthony, Billups, Landry Fields, Stoudemire, and Turiaf for now, with the chance that something could be altered depending on how the team performs. The starters are much improved for the Knicks, but now it will be a question of whether the bench can provide as much offense as they need right now. It’s hard to predict how the coaches will use the bench, and if head coach Mike D’Antoni has a specific plan on how the rotation will look. He might try to play around with things in the first few games, but it may become obvious that the Knicks need to acquire another player to add depth to the current roster.
The Knicks vs. Bucks game on Wednesday night will be broadcast for anyone with the NBA League Pass to enjoy, and they could have a lot of people tuning in to see if the Anthony and Stoudemire connection can be good right out of the gate. Hopefully all of the new toys can get on the floor Wednesday night, but it could come down to the wire to see if Billups and Anthony indeed get into the starting lineup. Game time is at 4:30 p.m. PST / 7:30 p.m. EST, and it will be a game packed with pressure. Can the new-look New York Knicks pull out a win right away? Right now they are only two games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference, and wins are needed to maintain that sixth position.
There is still the potential that the Knicks could move up to the No. 5 slot, but they have a lot of work in front of them. Hopefully the team isn’t looking past Milwaukee to the Miami Heat game on Sunday, because that could just lead to disaster.
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