Now that the 2011-2012 NBA Season is coming to a close, I’m starting to anticipate next season for the New York Knicks. Even though the Knicks got bounced in the first round of the playoffs (again), I think they are ready to take a big step forward. Here are five reasons why the Knicks will win the Atlantic Division in 2013.
5. Coach Mike Woodson will demand defense from day one.
Under Coach Woodson, the Knicks finally realized that defense wins games. The Knicks will play defense from day one. That will make their offense even stronger, and they will win more games.
4. Someone has to win the Atlantic.
The Atlantic Division isn’t exactly filled with powerhouse teams. Someone will eventually win it. Why can’t it be the Knicks? The Celtics are the top team, but they are showing their age. The Knicks can beat the Philadelphia 76ers. The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors are far from being contenders.
3. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire will finally learn to play together.
I think this is the season when Anthony and Stoudemire finally play well together. They will learn to play off of one another. They will realize that their individual success is tied to the other. Anthony and Stoudemire have had plenty of time to figure this out. Stoudemire has been great. So has Anthony. Now they must be great together.
2. The point guard position is set.
With any luck, the Knicks will sign point guard Jeremy Lin as soon as possible. Then they will have their point guard from the start. The offense must run through Lin. And Lin will have plenty of time to perfect it.
1. The Knicks will have a full training camp.
The Knicks played much of last season with their core players in place. Now they will have a full training camp with Anthony, Stoudemire, Lin and Tyson Chandler. This is when they will work on the offense, define roles and just plain practice together. They will play more like a team in 2013.
The 2011-2012 NBA Season hasn’t ended, and I can’t wait for next season to start. The Knicks are young, talented and hungry. 2013 will be a breakout year for them.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.