Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Basketball player Marcus Camby attends the game between the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Marcus Camby to Make Season Debut Friday

As the only undefeated team remaining in the NBA, a big part of the reason that the New York Knicks have had success has been the effort they have turned in on the defensive end of the floor.

April 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby (29) against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

That is something that should get even stronger when the Knicks prepare to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as backup center Marcus Camby is set to make his season debut.

New York Newsday’s Al Iannazzone confirmed that Thursday afternoon (via Twitter).

Camby didn’t play in any of the Knicks’ preseason games and has been out since the third day of camp with a calf injury.

Without Camby, the Knicks have allowed a league-low 85.3 points per game and are tied for second in the NBA by allowing the opposition to shoot only 40.7 percent from the floor through three games.

It is unknown how many minutes Camby will get on Friday, but however much he plays he should be able to have an impact.

Always known as a great defender, the 38-year old will strengthen the Knicks already strong defense, coming off the bench to backup Tyson Chandler. But Camby should also have a positive effect on the Knicks when it comes to rebounding as the Knicks have only pulled down 41.3 rebounds per game, good for 21st in the league.

When Camby makes his season debut on Friday, that leaves only Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert as injured Knicks who are out of the lineup.

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