Chandler is a premiere defensive big man in the NBA. He's made the All- Defensive team three straight seasons and averaged a double-double the last two. Chandler hasn't shot below 63 percent from the field in the last three years. He was outplayed pretty badly by Roy Hibbert of the Pacers in the postseason, so expect Chandler to play with a chip on his shoulder this season.
BACKCOURT: Felton had a decent season in 2012-13, when he averaged 13.9 ppg and 5.5 apg. Stats aren't the way to judge Felton - he is a great point guard for the Knicks.
Shumpert is a great defender and should be even better this season after he has more time removed from his ACL surgery. His minutes were down last season as he worked his way back into shape and thus, his scoring sank.
BENCH: This group is a wide-ranging mix.
Smith was dominant at times last season, but he'll have to shrug off the disappointment of the offseason, mostly of his own doing. Woodson indicated Smith would get a chance to start, but it doesn't make much sense. He'll be on the floor to end games and the Knicks played better with him on the second unit.
Stoudemire should probably resign himself to finishing his huge contract as a reserve. When healthy, or whatever passes as healthy for Stoudemire, he can be an effective big man for 18 minutes a night. He doesn't have the explosiveness that earned him a living anymore, but he's still a smart enough player to know how to score.
World Peace brings a championship pedigree and can still defend and make corner threes. He can spell Anthony and play with him in a small lineup.
Prigioni started at the end of last season and that lineup worked well. He doesn't take over games, but he protects the basketball and picks up full- court. At 36, Prigioni is a proto-type second point guard.
If Prigioni starts some, Udrih is capable.
Martin came in last season and made a big impact, especially on the defensive side. He's a great veteran who gives you 15 minutes a night of great defense and intensity.
There's a lot to like about this group and the versatility of the Knicks roster as a whole.
"We've got to assemble all of these pieces together and make sure that it works," said Woodson. "I like the guys we've assembled. We've got some versatility."
COACHING: Woodson finished third in NBA Coach of the Year voting last season. Before the start of this one, the Knicks picked up his contract option for 2014-15.
The fact is this - Woodson is 72-34 in the regular season as skipper of the Knicks. He is the right man for this job, right now. Woodson preaches defense and has the personnel to really cause havoc for the opposition.
He has some juggling to do with a ton of minutes-worthy guys. Plus, Woodson has some potential headaches in Smith and World Peace.
OUTLOOK: The Knicks are going to the postseason. The roster is deep and committed to playing defense and letting Anthony take over games offensively.
Whether they successfully defend their Atlantic Division title remains to be seen. The Nets improved drastically in the offseason, so the Knicks will have stiff competition.
The lowest possible regular-season outcome for the Knicks is fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Anything lower is a massive disappointment.
Anything higher wouldn't be shocking. New York was second last season, but with Derrick Rose back for the Chicago Bulls and the stronger Nets, the fourth or fifth seed sounds right.