The New York Knicks are coming off a second consecutive decent season. They have made the playoffs two years in a row, but have still not met expectations. Injuries and coaching changes have made it difficult for some players to adjust to new lineups.
There’s a great chance the Knicks will make huge strides this year with the addition of many key players and coach Mike Woodson in the fold from the get-go, but what millions of people really want to know is… “How are these players going to do for my Fantasy Basketball team??”
This is a look at the outlook for Knicks players for the 2012-2013 season, from a fantasy perspective as Part One in a six part series takes a look at Carmelo Anthony.
Melo is returning from a sub-par year, albeit for his standards. The 22.6 PPG represented his lowest total since his second year in the league and his 43 percent shooting was his lowest percentage since his rookie campaign.
Yes, he did have some nagging injuries that caused him to miss 11 games, but in all this was a dismal performance for a player the Knicks traded half their squad for two years ago. If he and Amar’e Stoudemire can work on their on-court chemistry I expect him to turn around his game this year.
Under the leadership of the formerly “interim” coach Woodson, I think these two superstars can co-exist. Don’t expect his gaudy three-point percentage during the London Olympics to carry over, but with more minutes being logged at power forward, he should see his rebounding numbers to return to a more respectable 7-8 RPG range.
The Knicks have brought in many new weapons so the burden he had to carry the offense last year will be gone and he should be more confident in his shot.
Season Predictions: 26.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47% FG, 1.6 3PM/g
Expected Draft Position: Early-Mid 2nd Round
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