With the roster of the Knicks seemingly decided prior to the season, it is time to look at what the starting lineup could potentially look like. While there are probably two to three starters that are set in stone, it is still fun to look at the potential lineups head coach Tom Thibodeau could run.
This year’s Knicks squad is a good bit different than last season, with many staple veterans being traded in favor of giving key minutes to some of the younger players. While this could be true, it is still unknown as to just how many minutes Thibodeau will give these young guns.
Regardless, it should be a fun season to watch, as we have been gifted with many talented and exciting players to watch like Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, etc.
Here are 3 possible starting lineups for the Knicks in 2022-23
Starting lineup #3
PG: Jalen Brunson SG: Evan Fournier SF: RJ Barrett PF: Julius Randle C: Mitchell Robinson
Knowing how Thibs likes his rotation, this is the most likely starting lineup for the Knicks. Personally, this is not my favorite in terms of defense, as outside of RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks would not have any good defenders.
Outside of defense, I think this lineup meshes rather well offensively because of the lineup’s ability to space the floor.
While Julius Randle and Robinson may be negatives in terms of spacing, we have seen Randle go on hot streaks from three, so there is a chance we could see him become a positive yet again. For Robinson, though, there is likely no way he begins to shoot the ball this season, period, let alone at an efficient rate.
I still believe heavily in a comeback season for Randle, just not in the sense that he is going to return to his All-Star season form. I would much rather see Randle be put into the role he had before he joined the Knicks, with him being used more as an off-ball slasher and secondary playmaker behind Brunson. Basically, take the ball out of Randle’s hands a little more in order to make the offense a little smoother.
All in all, while I am not the biggest fan of this lineup due to its lack of defense, I believe it could work well simply due to the shooting it brings. The Knicks ranked 13th last season in three-point percentage. Obviously, this is not a bad thing, but if we could see this number increase even more, it would be fantastic for New York’s odds of making the playoffs.