Per Ian Begley of ESPN, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is giving serious consideration to inserting rookie-sensation Iman Shumpert into the starting lineup, perhaps as soon as this Friday when the team travels to Washington to face the 0-6 Wizards.
“I think you do consider it,’’ D’Antoni said of starting Shumpert. “We’ll see if we do it or not. He’ll obviously play a big part one way or another. We’re trying to find out what’s best for him. Especially when you’re 2-4, you consider a lot of things. We’ll consider it and talk about it.’’
This has certainly been discussed ad nauseum, as early as this morning in this blog, but I have to believe that Landry Fields is more likely to head to the bench than Toney Douglas. Not only is Fields struggling to guard quicker SGs, but having Shumpert on the floor would presumably mitigate some of the poor-facilitation decisions we’ve seen from Douglas during the Knicks’ poor start to the season.
Shumpert can also get to the rim whenever he wants, and that would likely keep Douglas on the perimeter for wide-open long-range looks on kick-outs. Here’s hoping D’Antoni feels the same, at least until Baron Davis eventually suits up.
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