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.
- 5: Joakim Noah / Willy Hernangomez / Marshall Plumlee
- 4: Maurice Daly-Ndour / Kyle O’Quinn
- 3: Lance Thomas / Mindaugas Kuzminskas
- 2: Sasha Vujacic / Ron Baker
- 1: Brandon Jennings
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.