The New York Knicks might have come up short in the LeBron James sweepstakes, but they are slowly rebuilding into a solid team. So far this offseason, they have acquired Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf, and Timofey Mozgov. If they can add Shannon Brown, this could be a team that might be able to land a spot in the playoffs THIS year.
The Knicks starting 5 should be: Felton, Azubuike/Brown, Gallinari, Stoudemire, Turiaf. That leaves Anthony Randolph, one of Brown or Azubuike, Toney Douglas, and Wilson Chandler to come off of the bench. I can think of a lot worse rotations in the league.
Listen, the Knicks aren’t going to be a top defensive team in the league as long as D’Antoni is running things, but they will be athletic enough to make some stops and outrebound their opponents. As for their offense, their front court is uber-athletic, they have one of the best shooters in the league in Gallinari, they have natural a natural scorer in Azubuike, and they have a very solid pick and roll duo with Amar’e and Felton.
I am predicting a 44-38 season, which will probably land them a 7 seed and a matchup against the Magic in the first round. Write it down!
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