Via Ian Begley
For most of the preseason, it seemed as if Mike Woodson was committed to starting Andrea Bargnani at power forward.
Woodson mentioned that there’s a possibility Metta World Peace could start over Bargnani when the Knicks open the season Wednesday against Milwaukee.
“I don’t know yet,” Woodson said Monday. “I really don’t.”
After three years of construction, Madison Square Garden unveiled its $1 billion renovation.
So Bargnani, the Knicks’ biggest offseason acquisition, could start the season on the bench.
Now, Woodson may have been hesitant to name his starting lineup on Monday, two days before the season opener. But he could be turned off after watching Bargnani’s subpar preseason.
Putting World Peace in the starting lineup could help the Knicks on defense. It could also allow Anthony to shift back to power forward, where he established himself as the top scorer in the NBA last season.
Anthony says the Knicks will be ready to go on Wednesday regardless of who is in the starting lineup.
“Whatever coach’s decision is, we’re going to ride with that,” Anthony said.
I am going to be honest, I have flip-flopped back and forth with this one. Originally I was all for Bargnani because I thought he could space the floor better for the entire team, creating lanes and room for people to drive and shoot, but after watching the pre-season I think it makes more sense for Metta to start next to Melo at SF/PF. The Knicks have had the most success with Melo at the PF, and with Artest next to him it takes the heat off Melo on the defensive end, allowing Metta to guard the PF’s Melo will face on the offensive end of the court.
I also believe that Metta can hit the 3-ball at a steady clip, and of course his defense, along with Shumperts, will catapult the Knicks into the top 10 defense in the NBA. With Melo as the primary scorer and a 2nd option that has not yet stepped forward, it benefits the Knicks to have the best defensive team possible to hold down the opponent.
Start Metta over Barg’s, the Knicks will be better defensively for it, resulting in a better team in the long run.