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Mike Woodson is considering a change to his starting lineup. If you consider the stats, he may want to do it. More:
The Felton-Kidd-Shumpert-Anthony-Chandler fivesome was minus-18 in 63.5 minutes in games up until Feb. 10, according to HoopData.com.
The team's most effective five-man group this season has been with J.R. Smith in with the other four. That group was plus-92.
If Woodson wants to make a dramatic change, he could go with a Felton-JR-Melo-Amar'e-Tyson fivesome. That group played 69.6 minutes and was a modest plus-12, but outscored opponents in five of the seven times it saw the floor.
Starting that group, of course, takes all the scoring away from the bench, which is what JR and Amar'e were providing. If those two are inserted into the starting five, who comes in as a scorer?
The Knicks have routinely lost first quarters over the last two months, so there is a need to consider loading up at the start.
Perhaps you move Shumpert to the two spot and leave Smith on the bench to at least have one scorer off the bench. Plus, with he and Steve Novak shooting, it's better to have rebounding bigs (Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby) under the rim and setting screens.
What would you do?