Opening Tip: Without STAT, what now?

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

Today's Burning Question: Should the Knicks consider adding Kenyon Martin or Josh Howard for extra scoring with Amar'e Stoudemire out for as much as two months?

The questions remain: Why is Stoudemire out six to eight weeks? For more rest? Undergoing a procedure? Further irritation in his left knee joint?

But what's clear is this: STAT is out for a while, and the Knicks need to replace his 18 to 25 points per game.

As the roster is currently constructed, Carmelo Anthony is going to have to be the Knicks' main scoring in the post. Then, it will be up to Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith to create off the dribble, get in the lane and put up points. Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni's 3-point shooting and playmaking from the perimeter to set up Tyson Chandler in the pick-and-roll will be huge.

James White and Ronnie Brewer's intangibles will also be key, and if they can knock down the three consistently, even better. We all know Steve Novak can do that. In addition, Kurt Thomas' midrange jumpshot will come in handy, and Chris Copeland is the X-factor, especially from the block with STAT out.

As for Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, once they're 100 percent back in game shape, their down-low presence will provide some points in the paint, which Stoudemire would've accounted for. A plus with Wallace is his 3-point shooting.

While the Knicks still have great defensive pieces in place without Stoudemire, the Knicks' current roster doesn't speak to a dangerous scoring team. It will need to be a lot of Melo and then a lot of other things to go right. Kenyon Martin and Josh Howard are seasoned scorers available now. While the Knicks would have to release a player first, options should be explored because of the uncertainty of Stoudemire's return.

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