Opening Tip: Who deserves more minutes?

April, 18, 2013
Every weekday throughout the season, will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Who deserves more playoff minutes: Steve Novak or Chris Copeland?

Mike Woodson has plenty of tough decisions to make as the Knicks approach the postseason. One has to do with two scorers on his bench.

Woodson has to figure out who deserves more postseason minutes: Copeland or Novak?

Copeland's made an awfully strong case in the final weeks of the season that he deserves to see the floor in the playoffs.

The 6-foot-8 forward's averaged 14 points on 50 percent shooting in his last 10 games.

Novak's scored seven points per game on 46 percent shooting in his last 10 games but has knocked down 45.8 percent of his threes.

So there's no clear-cut favorite here.

Neither player brings much to the floor as a defender. Both players can shoot the 3-pointer. Copeland boasts a versatile offensive skill set; Novak is one dimensional.

So Copeland may have an edge there.

But there is no guarantee that Copeland will even be apart of the playoff rotation; Woodson said earlier this week that he thought the 29-year-old rookie had earned a spot.

You can be sure that Novak will certainly be in the mix. Sharpshooters who sign $15 million contracts tend to get time in the postseason.

It's worth noting that Novak struggled to get open looks against Miami in the playoffs last season. At the very least, though, the 6-foot-10 marksman draws the attention of the opposing defense.

So, all of that leaves Woodson with a tough call to make when it comes to Novak and Copeland. Which way would you go?

Today's Burning Question: Who deserves more playoff minutes: Steve Novak or Chris Copeland?

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



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