I'm feeling optimistic about the 2012-13 New York Knicks. However, outside of Carmelo Anthony, I wouldn't draft too many of them for my fantasy basketball team. Here's a look where you should (or shouldn't) pick the projected Knicks starters in your fantasy basketball draft.
Jason Kidd (PG) -- In his heyday, Kidd was capable of carrying your fantasy basketball team in assists and steals. The veteran still has some gas left in his tank, but he's no longer a starting fantasy basketball point guard. He averaged career lows in points and assists last season with 6.2 and 5.5, respectively. You're better off taking New York's other PG, Raymond Felton.
J.R. Smith (SG) -- Smith most likely will be the first guy off the bench and make some starts for Mike Woodson, so he'll get plenty of playing time. The streaky shooter can score the ball from all angles and will chip in on other fantasy categories, too. Smith is a sneaky late-round pick-up.
Tyson Chandler (C) -- Chandler, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, averaged a career-best 11.3 points per game last season, but his value is in rebounds and blocked shots. He grabbed 9.9 boards and blocked 1.4 shots per game in 2011. The downside with Chandler is that he's bound to miss some games during the regular season. So consider him in the mid-rounds of your draft.
Amar'e Stoudemire (F) -- Frankly, you may want to avoid Stoudemire in your fantasy draft. He no longer scores enough for a small forward (his 20-plus points per game days are done) and doesn't rebound or block enough shots to be a top power forward or center. Plus, his balky knee is a red flag. Pick up a younger player with upside over Stoudemire in the later rounds of your draft.
Carmelo Anthony (F) -- Anthony, who last year averaged 22.6 points and 3.6 assists per game, can fill up a box score. He'll even chip in some steals and three-pointers on most nights. Furthermore, with Jeremy Lin gone, Anthony should be the focal point of the team's offense this season. Anthony's suspect defense is no concern to fantasy owners, so he's a great second-round pick.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in New York rooting for the Knicks. He fondly remembers the days when coming down the lane on the Knicks was hazardous to one's health. Although he has never witnessed his favorite NBA team win a championship, he remains a loyal fan.
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