What the Knicks Lineup should look like coming Playoff Time

Introduction

The New York Knicks as of now have a really good chance to make the playoffs sitting with a record of 24-22 and the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. The NBA is almost in the closing stage of the season where teams try to make a big push so the Knicks can’t let the foot off the gas. Additionally, the rotation Tom Thibodeau has been running for the Knicks throughout the season has had its up and downs and lots of changes due to significant injuries. The playoffs are very near and the Knicks will have to use the best lineup and rotation they can in order to make sure they secure the win.

Knicks Rotational Point Guards

The starting point guard for the Knicks and first one on top of the rotation is Elfrid Payton. Even though Payton’s production has gone down he has also battled some minor injuries which has kept him out of some games. The seventh year player has been averaging a modest 12.2 points a game with career lows in both assists which he is averaging only 3.6 and rebounds which he is averaging 2.5. Payton is also shooting a very poor 43 percent from the field and 25 percent from three. Payton is mainly the starter to play with the starting point guards and settle the game down for the next man in the rotation. 

The second point guard in the rotation for the Knicks is Derrick Rose. Rose has battled COVID 19 this year and missed 10 games as a result of it. He makes a big difference when he is on the court and it showed that the Knicks really needed him in those late game moments that he missed. Although, his little loss in points per game Rose still affects the team in many positive ways. The veteran is averaging 12.5 adding 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Rose has fit in perfectly with the second unit as he helps young players such as Quickley and Toppin.

Knicks Rotational Shooting Guards

The starting shooting guard for the Knicks rotation is Reggie Bullock. Bullock as of late has been turning it up on the offensive side. He has provided really good defense throughout the year against many of the other teams best players. Also, Bullock even won a game for us at the last play against the Orlando Magic in which he stole the ball. The eighth year player is averaging 9.3 points per game with 3.1 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 39.4 from three. Bullock can play a huge role in the starting rotation in the playoffs as he can play his 3 and D role.

The second shooting guard in the rotation for the Knicks is Immanuel Quickley. Quickley has been pure amazing for the Knicks coming out of Kentucky in this past draft at pick 25. He has been a huge spark off the bench and a very important piece in the Knicks big improvement in record. The rookie is averaging an impressive 12.8 points per game and 2.3 assists per game. Also, Quickley is shooting 39.1 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. Quickley comes off the bench mainly for the reason to play against the other teams backup shooting guard and for the Knicks to possibly get on a run.

Knicks Rotational Small Forwards

The starting small forward for the Knicks rotation is RJ Barrett. Barrett has improved drastically this year comparing to his rookie year. He has become way more consistent and has figured out his rhythm which he couldn’t just get last year. Also, Barrett has improved his shooting in every department this year such as free throws, jump shots, and three pointers. RJ Barrett is averaging a highly improved 17.6 points adding 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Barrett is shooting a respectable 44.5 percent from the field 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. Barrett is improving and improving as he plays each game and could be a menace to teams in the playoffs.

The second small forward in the rotation for the Knicks is Alec Burks. Burks has really nicely placed in the second unit for the Knicks. As of now he is on a hot streak in which he has a five game 20+ point streak on great and efficient shooting. So, Burks has played very good in the late game for the Knicks as he has hit multiple clutch threes to pull out games. The tenth year player is averaging 13.2 points per game with 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Also, Burks is shooting very efficient as he is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three. Alec Burks has been shown to be such a great pick up for the Knicks in the offseason and could sink teams down in the final minutes in the playoffs.

Knicks Rotational Power Forwards

The starting power forward for the Knicks rotation is Julius Randle. Randle has been the best player on the Knicks all year as he has improved to be an all star player. Randle has been the Knicks driving force and main player throughout the season who has mainly contributed to all the Knicks success this year. Also, the seventh year player is averaging a very improving and impressive 23 points with 10.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Randle is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and a career high and breaking 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. Randle is going to have a bunch of minutes in the playoffs if not all at the power forward position as he is going to need his best basketball to propel the Knicks in the playoffs.

The second power forward in the rotation for the Knicks is Obi Toppin. Although, Toppin isn’t probably going to get a lot of minutes in the playoffs. He can still showcase what he has in the remaining of the regular season to possibly get more minutes in the playoffs. The 5th pick in this past draft has definitely been overwhelming to say the least. Toppin really hasn’t adjusted to the NBA level yet as it is very hard to do so. As he gets more and more playing time he can adjust more. The rookie is averaging 4.1 points per game and adding 2.2 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from three. Toppin is going to be a backup to Randle and is going to play little minutes but can be productive in them while Randle takes a break and sits.

Knicks Rotational Centers

The starting center for the Knicks rotation is Nerlens Noel. Noel has been a very good backup center to Mitchell Robinson throughout the season. However, Mitchell Robinson picking up a fracture in his foot late in the Bucks game he is likely out for the season. So, Noel has to step up and start like he did earlier this season when Robinson fractured his hand. Noel is a very good defensive player with a good shot blocking ability. The seventh year player is averaging 4.9 points with 6.1 rebounds and 2 block and 1 steal per game. Noel is a defensive powerhouse who can cause wreckage to other good paint teams in the playoffs.

The second center in the rotation for the Knicks is Demarcus Cousins. The Knicks have an open roster spot and should pick up Cousins due to the injury to Robinson as well as Andre Drummond already signing with the Lakers. He is having a good comeback year and could be a very good pickup for the Knicks on the offensive side. Also, Cousins is averaging 9.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Cousins a good inside and outside center the Knicks could use as a backup in the playoffs.

Conclusion

 

Starters
PG: Elfrid Payton

SG: Reggie Bullock

SF: RJ Barrett

PF: Julius Randle

C: Nerlens Noel 

6th Man: Alec Burks

7th Man: Immanuel Quickley

8th Man: Derrick Rose

9th Man: DeMarcus Cousins

10th Man: Obi Toppin

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