I actually think that Jorts would work great with the starting unit. He is a much, much better defender than Stat, probably as good a rebounder and maybe a more reliable jump shooter now.
I realize that there is no chance of Jorts being used as a starter this year, but I believe that he is the type of player who could work well at that spot in the future.
As for this year, I think we just have to hope that Stat improves. I remain hopeful that will happen.
its not mandatory to keep the bench while the whole starters sit... the last minutes.. you can put all your offense out including melo and stat... and if u need a timeout to put make a stop against the other team u can bring out all the defensive players
The reason the pick-and-roll is working with Chandler and not Amare is very simple. Spacing. Defenses still have to respect Amare's outside shot. When he is at the top of the key, he draws a defender, allowing Chandler the space to roll to the basket and Lin the space to pass it to him. Chandler's outside shot is not a concern for defenses. His defender will always be in the low block creating too much clutter for Amare to roll and Lin to find the space to pass it to him.
With that said, Amare doesn't need to come off the bench. When he and Chandler are on the floor together, or Chandler and Jeffries, run the pick-and-roll through Chandler. With the option of kicking out to either Amare or Melo. When Chandler goes to the bench, move Amare to Center, with either Melo or Harrelson at PF, and run the pick-and-roll through Amare.
Very simple. With this approach, and better outside shooting from SG, we will see much greater production out of Amare, and everybody else, in my opinion.
I would rather see if the Knicks can trade him and get involved in the Dwight Howard trade and somehow get Pau to NY. I think the offense would work better with a post player instead of someone like Stat.
I wouldn't mind Amare coming off the bench if either Chandler or Jeffries had a slightly better offensive game, even though Amare has been sub par he still commands a lot of attention and teams still respect him on the offensive end.
But I'd still rather see this team reach it's full potential with Melo and Amare starting.
In the regular season maybe... although it will never happen but in the playoffs his ass is starting.
My 2 cents keep the starting 5 but as the game goes on the rotation should be
We have a deep team. Melo can command one unit and Stat the other. win win....
Putting ego's aside, having him come off the wood with his own unit will make us stronger and faster....plus it will give other teams nightmares...
This doesn't always have to happen every game but its sure one of the fastest ways to get your team gelling and playing consistant ball. The pieces and potential is there...