The New York Knicks have four of their five starters for opening night figured out.
But, there is one spot remaining. Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani are the two candidates, and as of now both have an equal shot at the spot in the starting five.
But, who would be the better choice for Mike Woodson and the Knicks?
If the Knicks decide to start Bargnani at power forward, he would bring even more floor spacing for the Knicks. It would also take pressure off of Melo to score so much. Bargnani has a very good jump shot for a big man, and he can even drain some three point shots if he is open. He also creates matchup problems.
The former No. 1 overall pick is a seven-foot PF/C that can shoot. He can bring other big men out of the paint to guard him, which will then free up the paint a bit. Bargnani also can drive himself, and finish at the rim.
But, his driving skills and rebounding also are sometimes a weakness. He only averaged 3.7 rebounds last season. For a big man, that is horrible. He also often struggled in the paint, getting manhandled by defenders and not finishing at the rim good. If he can work on those things he could be a dangerous threat.
If they go with World Peace at small forward, they would be going the defensive route.
World Peace will not score much, but he is a lock down defender. He can be matched up against the other team’s premier scorer and shut them down, or limit their offensive ability. He also can knock down an open three if the opportunity presents itself.
The former Ron Artest also can bring a spark to his team. He has an electric personality and can get his team riled up for a big moment. The downside to that is that he often can make stupid plays or do stupid things. Look at the malice in the palace or James Harden incidents. Woodson is a coach who would not tolerate those kinds of things so World Peace has to limit the dumb mistakes.
Those are the pros and cons of both of the players. If I was Woodson, I would start World Peace.
I would prefer the defensive player so he could lock down the other team’s main offensive player.
Melo also was explosive at the power forward position last season, so by starting World Peace, Anthony would still have the chance to shine at the power forward spot.