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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 New York Knicks

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Team analysis

Carmelo Anthony

'Melo vaults into first-round status thanks to that fantasy-friendly offense in New York. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas, Anthony Carter*
SG: Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert, Andy Rautins, Roger Mason*
SF: Carmelo Anthony, Shawne Williams*, Bill Walker
PF: Amar’e Stoudemire, Jared Jeffries*, Shelden Williams*, Renaldo Balkman, Derrick Brown**
C: Ronny Turiaf, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
- Carmelo Anthony, SF (Rd. 1): 45% FG, 80% FT, 2 Threes, 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2.8 TO
- Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C (Rd. 2): 50% FG, 80% FT, 24 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.8 Blk, 3 TO
- Chauncey Billups, PG (Rd. 4): 42% FG, 90% FT, 2.2 Threes, 16.5 Pts, 3 Reb, 5.8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2.5 TO
- Toney Douglas, PG/SG (Rd. 10): 40% FG, 11 Pts, 1.5 Threes, 2.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO
- Landry Fields, SG/SF (Rd. 11): 47% FG, 80% FT, 1 Three, 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:
Shumpert

Most likely to surprise:
Douglas

Most likely to disappoint:
Billups

Category specialists:
- Threes: Anthony, Billups, Douglas
- Blocks: Stoudemire

Things to consider:
- Billups‘ health
- how the crowded backcourt shakes out
- the glaring lack of a reliable center

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
- Pts: 2nd
- FGM: T-7th
- FGA: 6th
- FG%: 19th
- FT%: 2nd
- 3PTM: 2nd
- Reb: T-19th
- Ast: 15th
- TO: 10th
- Stl: T-8th
- Blk: 4th
- Pace: 2nd
- Offensive Efficiency: 5th
- Defensive Efficiency: 21st

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B+

Bonus:
Jared Jeffries is coming home

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