Complete New York Knicks Player Power Rankings After Season’s First Month

November 27th, 2015 by Sara Peters Leave a reply »
The 8-8 New York Knicks have a top-three perimeter defense, their starting unit is outstanding and the bench is abysmal. Up is down! Left is right! Cats are dogs!

Just four weeks ago, Bleacher Report's Jared Dubin was asking if the Knicks' second unit was better than the starting five. Lately, though, nobody coming off the New York bench can shoot. Since they first tangled with Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb and the rest of the Charlotte Hornets' superior bench Nov. 11, the Knicks' second unit has looked punch-drunk. In Wednesday's 100-91 loss to the Orlando Magic, they only managed to cobble together 12 points among them. In Monday's 95-78 loss to the Miami Heat, just 10.

The starting five has performed powerfully since shooting guard Arron Afflalo returned from his injury. The Knicks are 4-4 with Afflalo and would have had a few more Ws if the bench hadn't let them down.

One thing the squad has been able to count on is its defense, especially behind the arc. After watching opponents casually rain down threes on the Knicks throughout last season, fans might be surprised to learn that this year, New York is squashing opponents' shooting effici ...

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