Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Over at HoopChalk, Jared Dubin breaks down the Knicks' offense.
Our friend Jared Dubin published a post at HoopChalk illustrating the rudiments of the Knicks' offense through four games. Doobz was skeptical about Mike Woodson's extension and doubted that he'd produce much in the way of offensive scheming, but has been pleasantly surprised so far:
Through the first four games of this season, Woodson had made me look like a fool. He has designed an almost entirely new offensive system involving a heavy dose of off-ball screening, pick-and-rolls, post-ups, dribble hand-offs, and rapid, decisive, side-to-side ball movement around the perimeter.
What Woodson has done is tailor an offense to the personnel he has, rather than try to fit that personnel into preconceived roles based on the system he had run during his tenure in Atlanta and last season in New York. The result has been the league’s best offense through this early part of the season, one that has the Knicks sitting at 4-0 as the NBA’s lone remaining undefeated team.
At the center of it all is Carmelo Anthony, who is running fewer isolations and more post-ups than at any point in his career. Felton and Pablo Prigioni are getting copious amounts of pick-and-roll opportunities with Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace. JR Smith, Steve Novak and Kidd are coming off screens from every direction and seeing a plethora of open 3-point opportunities. Ronnie Brewer is lurking behind all the action for corner 3′s and cuts to the rim.
I violently encourage you to give the post a look. It's got plenty of videos to illustrate what Jared's talking about. Even if the Knicks won't always run it with the sparkling efficiency we've seen so far, it's reassuring after some of last season's clumsiness to see that Woodson has installed what seems to be a dynamic offense well adapted to his personnel.