While the Knicks ended up falling to the Bobcats 85-83, Smith, Stoudemire and Martin did some things on the floor.
Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds in 13 minutes. He also hit a 35-foot jump shot at the third-quarter buzzer.
Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-4 shooting in 12 minutes. Martin had two points and one rebound in eight minutes.
Despite the good showing by Martin and Stoudemire, head coach Mike Woodson said that he would have to check with the two players before determining their availability for the Knicks season opener on Oct. 30, against Milwaukee.
Stoudemire, who underwent a knee procedure this summer -- his third operation in the past 12 months -- said he felt no soreness in his knees after the game and believes he'l l be healthy enough to play in the opener.
"I feel strong; I'm sure we'll be ready to go," Stoudemire said.
Smith had been out since having surgery to repair his patella and a meniscus tear in his left knee in July. The reigning Sixth man of the Year will miss the first five games of the season for violating the league's anti-drug policy. He will be eligible to return Nov. 10 against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Knicks plan on limiting Stoudemire and Martin minutes but not Smith’s.
"I told them if I have to be on restrictions, I don't want to play," Smith said.
The Knicks plan to have Stoudemire on a strict minutes limit. And neither he nor Martin will play in both games of back-to-back sets.
On Oct. 26, Woodson reiterated that he plans to alternate using Stoudemire and Martin when the Knicks play consecutive games. So if Stoudemire plays the first game of a back-to-back, you can expect to see Martin in the second game.
But Woodson took the plan a step further, suggesting for the first time that Martin and Stoudemire could be alternating games throughout the season, depending on how many days off the Knicks have between games.
Martin has missed several practices and all of the Knicks' preseason games due to lingering discomfort in his left ankle. The ailment is a concern for the Knicks because Martin first injured his ankle way back in April.
The Knicks released Chris Douglas-Roberts, C.J. Leslie, Jeremy Tyler Josh Powell and Ike Diogu on Oct. 25, to get down to 15 players.
With the cuts, New York has eight guards and seven front court players.
Tyson Chandler, Cole Aldrich, Andrea Bargnani, Stoudemire and Martin can all play center or power forward. Carmelo Anthony, who is a natural small forward, can also play power forward as can small forward Metta World Peace. Chandler Bargnani and Anthony will likely start on opening night.
Raymond Felton and Imani Shumpert will start in the backcourt. Felton is backed up by Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih while Tim Hardaway Jr. will be the primary backup to Shumpert until Smith returns from his suspension. Chris Smith and Toure’ Murry could also see time in the Knicks’ backcourt.