I really feel that Mason will bounce back and possibly be the starter over Chandler if Wilson's outside shot has not improved.
From the look of our lineup, it is focused around the Felton-Amare pick and roll and that Amare will draw defenders down low to kick it out to open players at three.
If Mason and Gallo are camping outside on each corner three, we can score more points than if Wilson was out there having to charge the hoop or shoot inside to make shots.
Mason also plays some PG so we could have two ball distributors in at the same time if Mason started, plus Mason brings experience and clutch shooting to a young team.
And with the fast paced system, Mason's numbers should double.
This can be a possible starting lineup come Oct. 27th
If Mike D is going to run SSOL( or better known as run and chuck) then he might as well put an experienced clutch shooter over a slashing defending young wing man in Chandler.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
I think a combo of Buike/Mason and possibly even Rauntins can handle the two guard position.
Plus knowing D'Antoni you'll see a lot of hybrid lineups were there go small with Felton and Douglas as the backup or go super big with Gallo as the 2 and Randolph at the 3.
But barring an awful camp i'd start Mason at the two if Buike isn't healthy enough.
But that still doesn't make me NOT want Rudy. If Portland lowers their price, hopefully we can get him. He would be the perfect answer for a gaping hole in our roster.
Azubuike isn't even running yet. It will be a long time before he's ready to play. I'm hoping for mid-season. But by then it will have been over a year since he's played basketball. It will take some time for him to get back into it.
I just don't feel comfortable with Mason or Chandler as our starting SG.
It's not a question on Mason Jr. bouncing back, he is the best experience SG
we have on the Knicks roster to give starting minutes to.
If SG-Azu was healthy, Mason Jr. should still be given the starting job over him.
The same goes for bench player Rudy Fernandez.
Dont get angry yet.
Mason Jr. has proved to be a decent veteran starter in both the East & West conferences
(Mason has been a decent 24 mpg starter).
Mason Jr. excelled in the Princeston-offense to help the Wizards to a 43 win season in 2007-8,
plus jell in the backcourt with Parker/Ginobli/Finley for the Spurs 50 & 54 win seasons.
Mason's shot location and form of shooting took on a major change last season
b/c coach Pop Spurs took on a new change by giving major minutes of playingtime
to Jefferson & Hill, with PG-Parker only playing 50 something games last season.
The new addition of SF-Richard Jefferson 32 mpg in 81 games lastseason never
played up to half the potential the Spurs expected from him. Richardson was a "BUST"
throughout the Spurs vs Suns playoff series 4-0 sweep by the Phoenix Suns.
Spur Fans wish they kept Udoka.
the Orlando Magic lose their first 3 games in a playoff series vs Boston
The Magic won the 4th game in overtime by C-Dwight Howard scoring 30
something points and pulling 13 or 15 rebounds.
The Magic signed "Pick n Roll" Duhon quick this FA offseason.
If anyone can Recall Shaq & Penny taking the Orlando Magic to the Finals
(back in the daze) to lose the series in a 4-0 sweep to the Houston Rockets
should remember the Orlando Magic were the number one 3-ball shooting
team in the NBA that regular season.
The Starters above will give oponents a big rebounding advantage in the
first/third quarters b/c the average team will not go out to defend the
3-ball line early in the game, but they will take the ball inside on all our
3-ball shooters to get Amare/Turiaf into early foul trouble.
So this starting lineup is a defensive coach dream of defending at the start
of the game. All contender teams practice hard on defending the 3-ball in the
4th quarter, and at the end of each quarter.
Felton (3-ball shooter)
Mason (3-ball shooter)
Gallo (3-ball shooter)
Turiaf (defensive rebounding)
Having one or even two 3-ball shooters in a steady lineup is decent to have
if both shooters have other quality skills to fit into the lineup (Billups/RIP or
Ray/Pierce). Having three 3-ball shooters in a lineup is something u use when
switching offensive/defensive lineups in crunchtime (Ray/Pierce/House or
Mason shot 33% from 3-point last year because his stroke changed due to an injured hand, not because minutes were given to Jefferson and Hill.
I also checked out Kiya's post about us not getting a lot of rebounds since we will have guys camping outside, resulting in teams playing back and attacking the boards. This might be so but the lineup only works if Mason and Gallo are making shots.
I do think this can be the best starting lineup because everyone compliments each other.
If Azubuike was helathy, then I'd slide him in the starting lineup but he won't be 100% for a few months.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
Amare is what can make us win some playoff games. Teams will run to guard him and leave Mason, Gallo, and Felton open who can all make the open shot with ease. Howard does not have the offensive moves or capability to cause havoc in the post like Amare can, yet.
I agree that teams might start getting more rebounds off the knicks because they will play back and attack the boards, but if we start hitting shots from the outside, due to Amare's double teams, then teams will be forced to play a 3-2 zone or something were they have to guard the outside shot. Once they do this, Amare is left in isolation down low which is were he destroys defenders.
So the strategy could work for our team.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
Yes, I do agree the strategy will be successfull
Many different strategy plays could be made up to make the 3-ball affective for us with a line up of Felton/Mason/Gallo/Amare/Turiaf, but in the 4th quarter. Not at the start of the game.
We want an inside/outside offense to start each game this season.
Whether our coach Dantoni or certain fans like it or not, our starting lineup should be PG-Felton/SG-Mason/SF-Chandler/PF-Amare/Turiaf.
The jellin of Mason/Chandler/Amare offense to start each game will lead our roster to team chemistry. And save bum Damnphony job for another season.
Putting Gallo in the starting lineup will lead to losses and the firing of Damnphony.
u pick it???
For a person that is always wrong, at the end of the day Kiya is always right when debating u. Playing injured is another well point taken for Mason Jr. to start over Azu & Rudy.
The Knicks are a young rebuilding team.
Mason Jr. brings a much needed veteran discipline to our starting lineup.
Coach Pop replace athletic Ginobli with veteran Finley in the starting lineup to win another Championship.
Who is/was more athletic Farmers or Fisher???