New York Knicks Starting Lineup 2020 Knicks Starting Lineup

21-45, 5th in East Atlantic

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The Knicks starting lineup tends to change often as they assembled a roster of players they don't quite seem sure what to do with. Elfrid Payton generally will be the starting point guard for the Knicks, with RJ Barrett being the starting shooting guard. Barrett was always going to have a starting role given where he was drafted. The small forward position is iffy as Reggie Bullock and Kevin Knox will rotate in starts. The frontcourt is the most consistent as they have Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle. Moving onto next year we will likely be looking at something completely different.

Starting Lineup

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POS NAME RATING G MIN PTS FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% DRB ORB TRB AST STL BLK FTM FTA FT% TOV PF
PF Taj Gibson T. Gibson
79
62 16.5 6.1 2.7 4.6 58.4% 0.1 0.2 28.6% 2.5 1.8 4.3 0.8 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.9 73.2% 0.8 2
PF Julius Randle J. Randle
82
64 32.5 19.5 7.2 15.7 46% 1 3.6 27.7% 7.4 2.4 9.7 3.1 0.8 0.3 4 5.5 73.3% 3 2.8
SF Maurice Harkless M. Harkless
73
12 118.9 6.8 2.5 5.5 45.5% 0.6 2.1 28% 2.7 0.7 3.3 1.7 0.8 0.2 1.2 2 62.5% 0.6 12.3
SG RJ Barrett R. Barrett
75
56 30.4 14.3 5.2 13 40.2% 1.1 3.5 32% 4.1 0.9 5 2.6 1 0.3 2.8 4.5 61.4% 2.2 2.2
PG Elfrid Payton E. Payton
79
45 27.7 10 4.3 9.8 43.9% 0.3 1.5 20.3% 3.6 1.2 4.7 7.2 1.6 0.4 1.1 1.9 57% 2.1 2

Most Common Knicks Lineups

19 Games
SG: RJ Barrett
PF: Taj Gibson
PF: Marcus Morris
PG: Frank Ntilikina
PF: Julius Randle
19 Games
SG: RJ Barrett
PF: Taj Gibson
PF: Marcus Morris
PG: Frank Ntilikina
PF: Julius Randle
8 Games
SF: Reggie Bullock
PF: Taj Gibson
PF: Marcus Morris
PG: Elfrid Payton
PF: Julius Randle
8 Games
SF: Reggie Bullock
PF: Taj Gibson
PF: Marcus Morris
PG: Elfrid Payton
PF: Julius Randle
6 Games
SG: RJ Barrett
SF: Reggie Bullock
PF: Taj Gibson
PG: Elfrid Payton
PF: Julius Randle
6 Games
SG: RJ Barrett
PF: Taj Gibson
PF: Marcus Morris
PG: Elfrid Payton
PF: Julius Randle

2019-20 Recent Knicks Lineups

Game Result
3/11/20 vs NYK L 131-136 PF: Taj Gibson PF: Julius Randle SF: Maurice Harkless SG: RJ Barrett PG: Elfrid Payton
3/10/20 vs NYK W 122-115 PF: Taj Gibson PF: Julius Randle SF: Maurice Harkless SG: RJ Barrett PG: Elfrid Payton
3/8/20 vs DET W 96-84 PF: Taj Gibson PF: Julius Randle SF: Maurice Harkless SG: RJ Barrett PG: Elfrid Payton
3/6/20 vs OKC L 103-126 PG: Elfrid Payton PF: Taj Gibson PF: Julius Randle SF: Maurice Harkless SG: RJ Barrett
3/4/20 vs UTA L 104-112 PF: Taj Gibson PF: Julius Randle SF: Maurice Harkless SG: RJ Barrett PG: Elfrid Payton

New York Knicks Starting Lineup Analysis

Projected Starting Lineup

PG: Dennis Smith Jr.

Smith Jr. found his way onto the Knicks midway through last season. All in all on the year, he averaged 13.6 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He was the 9th overall pick in the 2017 draft, so that puts him at the ripe age of 21. He certainly has room to grow, but in what we saw last year, he's likely not going to make or break anything in terms of the Knicks' production. He's pretty much exactly what you'd expect of a PG on a big-market team with a (very) losing record.

SG: RJ Barrett

Undoubtedly the most exciting thing about the Knicks' starting lineup, fans all around the country will be tuning into Knicks games to get a look at this young stud out of Duke. He averaged 22.6 points per game with 4.3 assets and a FG% of 30.8 last year for the Blue Devils. While he was technically listed as a forward at Duke, he'll fill in the shooting guard role nicely at the NBA level. He stands at 6'7" and weighs 202 lbs, so he'll be more than able to hold his own at the position. He's posted multiple double-doubles in NBA Summer League games thus far.

SF: Kevin Knox

Knox, the Knicks' 9th overall draft pick in 2018, had a very subpar season last year. Sure, he averaged 12.8 points per game, but he also only grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game. His FG% is pretty low at 37.0, but the good news is his 3P% wasn't far behind at 34.3. Is he an exciting kid to watch? Not really, but the Knicks aren't an exciting team overall. One of his biggest highlights of the summer was the clip of Zion ripping the ball out of his hands and immediately going up for a huge slam. Kind of poetic when you think about it (at the expense of Knicks fans and their expectations going into the offseason).

PF: Julius Randle

Randle is another beacon of hope in the Knicks' lineup this year. Having played four season for the Lakers to begin his career and then one for the Pelicans last year, he'll find himself in a Knicks uniform to open things up this year. He averaged an impressible 21.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds last year. His PER of 21.02 had him rated at 51st in the entire league.

C: Mitchell Robinson

For a 2018 second round pick, Mitchell Robinson's PER of 22.01 last season was a pleasant surprise for the Knicks. That put him, strangely enough, at 34th in the NBA. He averaged 6.4 rebounds per game last year, which is fine, but getting that number up by at least one this season would help the Knicks immensely. Having him and Randle on the post will be an interesting duo to look out for this season.