The following are realistic goals for each player on the roster judging by their weaknesses (since we already know their strengths):
C Tyson Chandler – Take jumpers outside 5 feet from time to time in order to keep the defense guessing. Play aggressively on D knowing there is quality depth at the position so he can afford fouling. Step out of the way when Amare has to roll to the basket.
PF Amare Stoudemire – Find his midrange stroke again. Get acclimated to the new pick-n-roll PGs. Look for cutters on drives when the defense closes in on him (Chandler, Brewer, and Anthony are lethal cutters on the baseline). Box out and keep hands up on D, it is mostly about focus. Do not switch to another man on D when the opposition sets picks. Stay healthy and away from off-court stunts that will lead to injury. Offer to come off bench if that proves to be more effective. He is the X-factor who will ultimately decide the fate of this team.
SF Carmelo Anthony – Look to make the extra pass without forcing offense. Set up Amare and Tyson on pick-n-rolls. Post up more in order to get to the line. Focus on D, although showed improvement. Keep an eye out for spot shooters like Novak and Kidd on the swing.
SG Ronnie Brewer – Do not take 3 pointers. Cutting, ball handling, rebounding, passing, and D are his forte so try to stick to what works well instead of trying to do too much. Needs to hit the open J and focus at the line. Hold down the fort till Shumpert comes back and don’t complain about lack of minutes when he does.
PG Raymond Felton – Attack the D by getting into the paint, which opens up shots for others. Utilize speed to get to the line. Don’t start the game overly aggressive on offense which may lead to unforced turnovers. Keep in shape. Do not settle for off balance jumpers and 3s. Roam the baseline off the dribble the way Nash does, which he does effectively when he tries.
C Marcus Camby – Stay healthy. Teach others the art of defensive techniques. Do not look for offense too much and take few jumpers just to keep the D honest.
F Rasheed Wallace – Get conditioning up. Do not be a distraction by arguing with refs. Post up more since he has the ability to do other things besides shooting 3pt shots. Must and will get others to talk on D.
F Steve Novak – Pump fake, dribble and pop when being guarded well or shot is not falling. Hit the weight room and box out for rebounds. Try to get to the line off of fakes.
G J.R. Smith – Do not hold the ball for more than 5 seconds. Show off solid passing and defensive abilities. Take balanced 3pt shots and less fadeaways. Let Kidd and Prigioni set him up instead of trying to always create for himself. Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep instead of tweeting into the wee hours of the morning.
G Jason Kidd – Guard opposing SGs. Control J.R.’s pace. Get chemistry with Amare going. Hit open 3s. Get Tyson and himself to talk to the coaching staff about how to limit LeBron’s effectiveness like they did in Dallas.
C Kurt Thomas – Be ready when called upon due to injury-plagued bigs on the team.
F Chris Copeland – Must work on rebounding and limiting turnovers if he wants important minutes. Don’t over-dribble.
F James White – Must hit his 3′s if he wants any playing time. No unforced turnovers but just play in the flow of the game. Use athleticism to get to the line.
G Iman Shumpert – Get healthy by not rushing back, then he will be expected to start. Do not elevate too much on jumpshot, which is something he is working on with new shooting coach. Great shooters usually do not jump too high on their shots (besides Ray Allen). Attack the rim and limit turnovers. Needs to regain at least 90% of his old self if this team wants to make serious noise in the playoffs.
G Pablo Prigioni – Hit open shots. Build chemistry with Amare. Improve communication due to language barrier, but basketball is a universal language so it is not much of a concern.