What I'm a about to propose is unconventional. Some would say it is blasphemous. Its been suggested before in the comments sections in a tongue in cheek fashion, but I think its time to give it some serious attention. What I propose is to bring Stat off of the bench and to start Novak. I know it's a radical approach, but its the absolute right thing to do, and it'll be to the benefit of both Amare individually and the team as a whole. The name of the game is production and efficiency. Stat's talent is being wasted with the ones, and his misuse is negatively effecting the unit as a whole.
Now the obvious counterpoint is that you simply cannot have a 100 million dollar superstar coming off the bench. Not only is that a blow to his ego, but its a bit of egg in the face of the organization as well. I will retort to that very valid counter with this question... What good is a $100M superstar if he can't play his game? Amar'e Stoudemire has been neutered. He cannot play to his best and fullest effect with Tyson and Melo all up in his space. I cannot count how many times a game Stat literally bangs into Tyson in the lane while driving/cutting to the hole. I can't tell you how many times he's looked lost out there and unsure of himself. Lets just stop the nonsense and do what we all know is the right thing to do. Stat probably won't like the idea of not starting initially. But he'll love being able to play his game again.
Increase Amare's usage and run him with the twos. Let him play center and do his thing PnRing with Baron, Earl, Shump and Jorts. Jorts can bang with centers on defense and help stretch the floor on offense. Baron has better vision and timing than Lin and is more apt to connect with Stat on his quick dives after his faux screens. Stat can operate with more space and he can do the things that made him a $100m man in the first place. Lets stop making him the square peg to jam in a round hole. Let Amar'e be Amar'e. And Novak can help increase the efficiency of the ones.
Novak will allow Lin and Tyson to operate with more space to PnR. He will open things up more for Landry to do his off-ball thing. He lets Melo go to the post more and increase his usage and efficiency. And lets face it, he improves the defense of the ones as a unit too. Amar'e is just that bad. Let Melo be the focal point of the ones, let Stat be the focal point of the twos. Lets use our depth as a weapon in this condensed season.
Lets attack teams in waves of high pressure & intesity and elevated tempo. And let the best unit of the night close the game out. You can even alternate who starts, so not to bruise egos and to force everybody into a team-first mentality. One night Melo, Lin, Landry, Tyson and Novak start. The next is Stat, Baron, Earl, Shump and Jorts. Jeffries, Bully, TD and Bibby can get spot minutes when somebody gets winded, injured or in foul trouble. Ideally, we'd run our already schedule weary opponents ragged and we'd limit our guys to only playing an average of 24 mins per night. We can play D'Antoni ball in its purest sense and maybe even revolutionize the game.
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