NBA Roundtable

Knicks Defense (Personnel Wise)

In General NBA on December 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Knicks Defense

Starting lineup

  • C  – Tyson Chandler – elite defender
  • PF – Amare Stoudemire – average defender
  • SF – Carmelo Anthony – solid defender, capable of very good defense
  • SG – Landry Fields – very good defender
  • PG – Toney Douglas – good to very good defender


  • PG – Mike Bibby – abysmal defender
  • SG – Iman Shumpert – rookie with good defensive tools and athleticism, likely average to above average defender
  • SF – Renaldo Balkman – good to very good defender
  • PF – Jared Jeffries – average defender (alongside Amare, one shifts to center where either one is really poor defensively)
  • C  – Josh Harrellson – rookie with limited athleticism, likely very poor defender

** Baron Davis – solid defender. Replaces T.Douglas as starter and takes M.Bibby out of regular rotation.


Quick Summary

  • I see two major liabilities. Mike Bibby and the lack of a defensive anchor when Tyson is resting.
  • Across the rest of the team, I see average or better defensive players.
  • With one elite defender in Tyson Chandler and two well above average defenders in L.Fields (SG) and R.Balkman (SF)

Looks to me that the Knicks have the personnel to build a pretty damn good defensive team.

The Coach

  • Although, Mike D’Antoni is a pretty big unknown variable here. Very much looking forward to seeing how D’Antoni handles this roster. I hope he does a good job, I like D’Antoni.
  • A Jeff Van Gundy type would be a brilliant replacement should D’Antoni fail. Perfect for this roster and (somewhat immature) star players like Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
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