As one of the most consistent and reliable two-way players on the New York Knicks, Courtney Lee has been one of the team’s most reliable assets. He’s a veteran sharpshooter and quality defender who would be valuable to any contender.
But for now, he will be seen as the back up small forward for the Knicks, albeit while mostly likely being switched between the 2 and the 3 spots.
At 32, Lee will still be given starter minutes for his overall contributions to the team. His leadership and consistency throughout the years have made him a pivotal piece to any franchise that has him.
As the Knicks’ potential sixth man, Lee will be a valuable leader of the Knicks’ young bench. The only reason I don’t see Lee starting at the 3 this season is due to the overload at the guard position and the addition of Knox.
But with the new roster, Lee will make a valuable contribution as a veteran leader for this new-age Knicks.
Having noted Lee’s value as a leader, Lance Thomas gives the same contribution as a guiding voice for the Knicks’ young core. As one of the few remaining players from the 2014-15 team, Thomas has been able to stick with the Knicks because of his vocal leadership and hard-nosed defense.
His presence on the team will only prove beneficial to the likes of Knox, per Marc Berman of The New York Post.
"“He’s going to have a steady diet of me this year,’’ Thomas said after running a basketball/life day for New Heights Youth, a non-profit sports-based youth organization. “If he can get around me easily, he should be able to get around most guys easily.”"
Thomas will serve as insurance for injuries on the roster, as he can fill in at the 3 or 4, but will most likely be valued for his off-court presence and defensive-minded schemes.