Oct 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots the ball as Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots the ball as Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Personnel Doesn’t Match Up

There is one serious issue with New York moving to a small-ball starting lineup. The personnel, specifically the bench, doesn’t makes sense.

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There are entirely too many bigs coming off the bench. More importantly, the guys who are ahead of the curve and need more minutes are all bigger (aside from Brandon Jennings).

How can Noah, Willy Hernangomez, Lance Thomas, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas all receive ample playing time night in and night out? It’s an impossibility through the small ball lineup.

Worse yet, the two Knicks small forwards — Thomas, Kuz — can’t play the two spot. This means the Knicks have just three backup guards on the roster if Holiday is in the starting lineup.

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