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Depth proves to be the strength of Knicks

October 24, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks midfielder Isaiah Hartenstein (55) rebounds against Orlando Magic striker Caleb Houston (2), goalkeeper Derek Rose (4) and striker Cam Reddish (0) during the second half in Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Galen Bronson’s strong start made New York Knicks fans forget about Donovan Mitchell. But it wasn’t just Bronson’s play that got the Knicks off to a hot start with a 3-1 score.

While Bronson’s leadership is undoubtedly the biggest squad maker, the Knicks’ depth is proving to be the trump card.

Various players came off the Knicks’ bench and played pivotal roles in their first four games.

In their tough overtime loss in Memphis, Isaiah Hartenstein (16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) grabbed the fort for Mitchell Robinson, who was saddled with serious problems. Then Cam Reddish (22 points, 5 rebounds) exploded in the second half and almost won the match by himself.

Against the Detroit Pistons, Derek Rose (13 points, 6 assists) sparked the Knicks’ breakup in the first inning. Then Emmanuel Quikley (20 points, 7 assists) finished what Rose had started.

They foiled Paulo Banchero’s first appearance in the Garden with Obi Tobin (10 points and a rebound back to RJ Barrett) and Quickley (8 assists, 6 rebounds) off the bench to make an impact. Despite not scoring, Quickli finished the match with the freshmen.

In their overtime win over the annoying Charlotte Hornets, it was Rose (12 points, two passes in 12 minutes) and Reddish, whose height and defense were on hand.

“Every night will be different. … We finished [Quickley] The other night, end up with Cam Reddish. [Wednesday night]And so it could be a different person every night. I love our depth.”

Tom Thibodeau via Knicks

Through four games, the bench ranked second in rebounds (22.8), third in offensive rating (65.4) and assists (10.3), fourth in scoring (45 points per game), and most importantly, fifth in net rating (5.4 ).

Expect their seat to get another boost when Quentin Grimes (painful left foot) returns. They also have Miles McBride and Jericho Sims waiting in the wings in case more injuries occur.

“Deuce McBride and Jericho Sims also deserve it. It [just] You can’t play 12 [guys] and 10 [player rotation] It worked fine. So we will continue like this. You will get injured. You will have different things along the way. So these guys are the main components of the team. Everyone all season. You’ll use everyone.”

Tom Thibodeau via Knicks

Leon Rose and the Knicks front office were criticized for backing out on the rejected Donovan Mitchell deal as they were said to have appreciated their depth. Time will tell if they made the right decision, but early results are encouraging.

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