Half Time: Response to @ianbegley Opening Tip: Knicks need consistent Starting Five & Shump should be in it!
Ian Begley raises an excellent question in today's Opening Tip: Starting Five. Should Woodson stick with a consistent starting five or adjust lineups depending on match ups?
I feel it would be in the best interest of the team to keep a consistent starting five. As Begley suggests, it may be hard for the team to establish set rotations or defensive lineups if the first and second unit players keep alternating. This will lead to poor defensive chemistry. Especially in Woodson's switching style of defense, communication and chemistry will be key to having the top 10 defensive team that Woodson covets.
I think Woodson should roll with one of two starting lineups: Felton, Prigioni, Shumpert, Anthony, Chandler or Felton, Shumpert, World Peace, Anthony, Chandler. Both groups are good defensively and can score. The first is battle tested, has chemistry and creates ball movement. The second is bigger, stronger, and possibly a little better defensively. Both allow Anthony to remain at the 4 spot.
Speaking of the starting five. I think Woodson needs to settle in on Iman Shumpert starting at shooting guard. I understand that J.R. Smith has been in the league a while. I understand that Smith and Woodson are close. I even understand that Smith might deserve a shot to prove he can become an All Star as a starting shooting guard.... just not with this team. With this team, Smith is more valuable coming off the bench. I think Woodson should keep it that way.