New York Knicks News Mix, 10/2/17: Starting Lineup Revealed In Scrimmage?
WHITE PLAINS, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Doug McDermott #20 of the New York Knicks is photographed at New York Knicks Media Day on September 25, 2017 in Greenburgh, New York. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The first lineup the New York Knicks tried out at their scrimmage on Sunday had the makings on an opening day starting five.

The departure of Carmelo Anthony left a gaping hole in the New York Knicks starting lineup. There’s a battle for Anthony’s small forward position, the point guard spot (again), and the center next to new franchise player Kristaps Porzingis.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that the first lineup featured in New York’s Sunday scrimmage featured Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott. They were joined by Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Frank Ntilikina.

That lineup looks a lot like it could be the starting five when the Knicks open the season on Oct. 19 in Oklahoma City.

The Knicks hope that Frank and Tim Hardaway Jr. are the backcourt of the future.

Ntilikina, 19, is yet to play against NBA competition but head coach Jeff Hornacek has already made it clear how very impressed he is with the rookie. Hardaway is a lock after signing that massive contract.

Kanter and McDermott are both candidates to take over the small forward and center spots. Michael Beasley, Courtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez are likely their main competition.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.