C - Samuel Dalembert
PF - Amar'e Stoudemire
SF - Carmelo Anthony
SG - Delonte West
PG - Chauncey Billups
C - Ronny Turiaf
PF - Chuck Hayes
SF - Shawne Williams
SG - Landry Fields
PG - T-Mac
Third unit with definite playing time
- Douglas has to step it up. After a very good rookie season, things looked bright for him. His second season, he took a lot of bad shots, most of which were not being aggressive to the basket, he took threes. Is D'Antoni at fault for that? Wouldn't surprise me, but Bill Walker, when getting the time, showed more then taking threes.
I like Bill Walker. They say he doesn't have the consistent work ethic needed, but is it true? He's versatile, so if this is our roster he's gonna have to fight for a spot or he might not (at least for playing time) if he works hard and a spot is available.
Right now I'd play Bill Walker over Douglas. To Douglas' credit though, he was injured, cause he fights hard, which I love. I haven't seen PG qualities in him except a few games near the end of the regular season when he was making sweet passes and not taking many bad shots, if any at all. I think the last couple of games or something in the regular he might have gone back to not playing that good, and didn't play good in the Playoffs.
It's ok for Douglas to be a SG! You can still take good shots and have good ball movement. I like him. He didn't go down so much that I don't think he'd be positive for us next year if he plays.
- If Chuck Hayes is good as he's said to be on defense, then you go after him. A lot of cap space or not, how many better options are there? He'd be a great back-up for Amar'e.
- I know what you're thinking about Delonte West. He's gotten in trouble a lot and has struggled with bi-polar disorder. There are players, you take the risk on. We did on Sprewell with success. West can take it to the basket, shoot, defend, moves the ball well including nice passing. He hasn't been in trouble in a while, so why not?
Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson are rookies. If they don't play with THIS line-up, fine (unless they show a lot in a short amount of time). We're not gonna play everybody.
Note: Grant Hill is probably the best SG available. Top defense, solid offense, veteran leadership, and used to play at a superstar level a few years before injuries! He's in great shape now, and gives it his all, which means he'll have veteran superstar leadership. The reason I didn't put him on the roster is because I do want him to finish his career on the Suns with Nash and win a ring there. If he came to New York, I'd be a very happy man. Could we afford him though? At 38, he's still earned more than the minimum, then again, so has Chuck Hayes.