Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has taken quite a bit of flack over the course of his career for his failure to carry any of his teams to the NBA Finals. With the Knicks in the midst of yet another retooling, the prospects for that to change this season seem remote. While Anthony certainly could benefit from more talent around him, another player who was selected in the 2003 NBA Draft who goes by the name LeBron James, carried a Cleveland squad with arguably lesser talent than this year’s version of the Knicks all the way to the NBA Finals during the 2006/07 season.
This brings me to the question of the day: Could LeBron James lead this season’s Knicks roster (sans Anthony) to the NBA Finals?
Here’s the Knicks’ (fictional) projected 2015/16 depth chart that includes LeBron:
- PG: Jose Calderon/Langston Galloway
- SG: Arron Afflalo/Jerian Grant
- SF: LeBron James/Cleanthony Early/Lance Thomas
- PF: Derrick Williams/Kristaps Porzingis/Louis Amundson
- C: Robin Lopez/Kevin Seraphin/Kyle O’Quinn
Now for reference, here’s the depth chart for the 2006/07 Cavaliers:
- PG: Eric Snow/Damon Jones/Shannon Brown
- SG: Larry Hughes/Sasha Pavlovic
- SF: LeBron James/Ira Newble
- PF: Drew Gooden/Donyell Marshall
- C: Zydrunas Ilgauskas/Anderson Varejao/Scot Pollard
What do you think the Knicks’ record would be this season with James on the team? Would they make the playoffs, and if so, how deep would they advance? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the matter. We look forward to what you have to say.