Two a Days: New York Knicks Preview

The Stoudemire, Anthony, Chandler project hasn't worked out so far.

The Stoudemire, Anthony, Chandler project hasn’t worked out so far.

By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)

2012-13 Record: 54-28

Projected 2013-14 Finish: 2nd in the Atlantic Division

Projected Starting Lineup

Raymond Felton, PG
Iman Shumpert, SG
Carmelo Anthony, SF

Andrea Bargnani, PF
Tyson Chandler, C

Key Reserves

J.R. Smith, G
Metta World Peace, F
Amare Stoudemire, F
Beno Udrih, G
Kenyon Martin, F

If the Knicks play like they did in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, they are going to be in for a long year.  I actually attended one of their playoff games in Indianapolis last season, and it felt like a preseason game.  The Knicks were overmatched by the Pacers, and it resulted in an Eastern Conference semifinals defeat.  So, what did the Knicks do to improve?  They brought in Metta World Peace after he was amnestied by the Lakers, and they traded for Andrea Bargnani.  Bargnani is a similar player to Amare Stoudemire minus the athleticism, and Metta World Peace has seen better days.  Their offseason additions don’t scream, “WE GOT BETTER”.  They scream, “WE ARE THE SAME OLE KNICKS”.  J.R. Smith is back after an all-time horrible playoff performance, but he did have a pretty good regular season in 2012.  The enigmatic Smith was a big reason why the Knicks had so much regular season success, but he was also one of the primary reasons the Knicks were bounced in the playoffs.  I’d want to be a free agent too if I were Carmelo Anthony.  Anthony seems to be the only consistent force on the entire team, and yet he can’t catch a break.  Melo can score as many points as he wants this season, but the Knicks aren’t going anywhere in the east.  There are too many bad contracts on this team, and not enough consistency.  Also, the Knicks seem to lack a certain mental toughness it takes to win come playoff time.  The only way the Knicks contend this season is if Melo has one of the all-time great seasons, and even at that the Knicks are still only going to be fifth or sixth best in the east. It’s obvious that the Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire project has failed. It’s time the Knicks start planning for the future.

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