As the season rapidly approaches, one of the main concerns facing this New York Knicks team is worries over injuries to the key players on the Knicks. In this piece, I’ll be setting over/under on games played for the Knicks’ top eight players and you all can make your picks as to whether said player will play less games than the amount I list or more (Mike already did one for Iman Shumpert, so I’ll be skipping him this time around).
Did you know that Carmelo Anthony has only had two seasons where he has failed to miss at least five games? And the last time he failed to miss at least five games was seven years ago. So Melo is bound to miss a few games this season. However, he also tends to be tough enough to rarely miss a lot of time. This year, though, he might be playing more power forward than he has in the past. So the question is, will playing power forward more cause Melo to miss more time this year or will he miss the same five or so games he routinely misses?
Will Carmelo Anthony play under or over 75.5 games?
- Over (57%, 133 Votes)
- Under (43%, 102 Votes)
Total Voters: 235
The current diagnosis for Amar’e Stoudemire is that he will be out for six to eight weeks due to an injury in his surgically repaired left knee. Eight weeks would see him back for the Knicks’ game in London on January 17th. So this over/under really depends on whether you think 6-8 weeks is accurate or if Amar’e will miss more time.
Will Amar'e Stoudemire play under or over 44.5 games?
- Under (62%, 140 Votes)
- Over (38%, 86 Votes)
Total Voters: 226
Much was made about how Tyson Chandler, who has had some major injury issues in the past, turned a corner with the Mavericks and Knicks, durability-wise. While essentially true, he still missed seven games with the Mavericks and four games with the Knicks. He recently left a preseason game with a knee injury that does not appear to be serious. Still, there is always cause for worry with Tyson Chandler, so this over/under asks how much faith you have that he will continue his relatively strong durability this season.
Will Tyson Chandler play under or over 69.5 games?
- Over (69%, 137 Votes)
- Under (31%, 63 Votes)
Total Voters: 200
Felton had exceptional durability his first four seasons in the NBA, but in the last two seasons he has had a few nagging injuries, missing seven and six games respectively. This under/over presumes that he will be durable once again this year. Do you agree or disagree?
Will Raymond Felton play under or over 79.5 games?
- Under (53%, 99 Votes)
- Over (47%, 87 Votes)
Total Voters: 186
Kidd is a tough son of a gun, so he does not miss games due to nagging injuries. If he isn’t seriously hurt, he’s going to play 80 games a year. The problem is that occasionally he does get seriously hurt. When he does, he misses a lot of time. This over/under basically asks whether you feel that his age will lead to more serious injuries than normal (he did miss a lot of time last season).
Will Jason Kidd play under or over 69.5 games?
- Under (53%, 88 Votes)
- Over (47%, 77 Votes)
Total Voters: 165
Smith is also a durable player, but he missed a lot of the preseason, which is not a good sign. This over/under is based on the worry that his nagging injuries might be serious.
Will J.R. Smith play under or over 75.5 games this year?
- Over (66%, 104 Votes)
- Under (34%, 53 Votes)
Total Voters: 157
Novak does not seem to be the type of player who will miss much time during the season (unless he’s getting DNP-Coach’s Decisions) and this over/under reflects that view.
Will Steve Novak play under or over 77.5 games this year?
- Over (84%, 126 Votes)
- Under (16%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 150
Camby is already set to miss opening night and staying healthy has never been Camby’s strong suit, so this over/under asks you how much faith do you have that he’ll be healthy this season after starting the season not playing due to injuries? Or do you think this is going to be more like his previous tenure in New York where the most games he ever played was 63 (granted, he also played in 46 out of 50 games during the lockout-shortened season of 1999).
Will Marcus Camby play under or over 65.5 games?
- Under (77%, 120 Votes)
- Over (23%, 35 Votes)
Total Voters: 155
Apologies to Ronnie Brewer, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace for not including them in this post. If you wish to guess how many games each of those four players will play, as well, feel to make your guesses in the comments section!