New York Knicks: How Do The Knicks Stack Up Against The Sixers?

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Frontcourt Battle

Apr 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers small forward Thaddeus Young (21) brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Thaddeus Young is actually one of the most athletic and versatile players in the entire NBA. Young is one of those players that can either play the 2, 3, or 4 on the court. Saying he could play the 5 or the 1 just wouldn’t be realistic since he isn’t LeBron James. He does have the skills to guard anyone, hit the open shot, and rebound the ball at a high ratio.

Last year they had guys like Dorell Wright, Nick Young, and Holiday who scored a lot. Well now, those players are gone, and somebody else will have to pick up the reigns, and start scoring. I really believe that Young will be that person if Turner doesn’t step up. Carmelo Anthony and Thaddeus Young would be a great matchup in many people’s minds. Melo being one of if not the best scorer in the league is obviously nearly unguardable by anyone in the league.

It is not known yet what will be the exact lineup the new Sixers head coach Brett Brown will use especially with the frontcourt. Whether he has Noel at center, Spencer Hawes at power, or vice versa they will have a tough time competing because either way, Hawes or Noel will be playing a position they are not use to playing at the 4. With Hawes not being very athletic, it would be smart to have Noel at the 4 and Hawes at the 5. Noel would match up pretty well versus Andrea Bargnani for New York. If Noel can keep Bargnani in the low-block he wins that battle hands down, but if he fails and Bargnani escapes off of pick-and-rolls to the outside he would dominate Noel with his lights out shooting.

Many people would figure that Hawes versus Chandler is a huge mismatch. That is indeed correct ladies and gentleman. With Chandler being one of the best big men in the NBA, Hawes wouldn’t have much of a chance on stopping him on the defensive end. Offensively, if Hawes can get open shots from mid-range he can hit a few, but that’s obviously not going to be Philly’s number one option.

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