2010-11 NBA Preview: Why the New York Knicks Bench is Vastly Underrated

September 7th, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »
Recently, NBA.com gave each team in the league a summer report card. Such a mark should prove to be very telling as to what lies ahead for the Knicks.

So much pressure was mounted upon Donnie Walsh over the past two years to bring major talent aboard this summer. Despite striking out on LeBron James and company, the team gracefully received a “B” for their summer efforts.

While the Knicks were praised for upgrading their frontcourt (grade “A”) with Amare Stoudemire and Anthony Randolph, they were also criticized for not improving much on the defensive end. (grade “D”)

However, with Mike D’Antoni as head coach, defense seemingly takes a backseat to offense at times.

What was surprising, though, was that the team only received a “C” for their bench. After losing out on their bids for multiple marquee talents, the Knicks built around the one star they were able to nab, strengthening team depth.

In theory, with better depth comes a stronger bench.

The Knicks do in fact have a lot of talent off the pine, with a mix of experience and young talent ready to sub in.< ...

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