New York Knicks: 6 players who have smaller or lost roles from last season

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Damyean Dotson

It was déjà vu to open the season for the New York Knicks’ Damyean Dotson. He opened the season on the outside of Fizdale’s rotation, fighting for the opportunity at a consistent role. Once the chance came, though, he capitalized on it.

In 2018-29, Dotson never looked back, starting 40 of 73 games he appeared in. He only began to receive consistent minutes in the season’s 10th game, accumulating 21 minutes, scoring 10 points and playing quality defense. It highlighted the strengths he brought to the 17-65 team and that has continued since.

Granted, Dotson has only shot 37 percent in the six games since his reinsertion into the rotation, but the potential for two-way play provides the Knicks with something extra, rather than their offensive-first players across the bench.

Either way, though, Dotson has a long way to find the 27.5 minutes per game from 2019-20, which he will likely never recuperate due to Barrett’s presence. A reserve role suits the Houston product better, though, and he will have every chance to thrive.