With the media, and a heap of journalists having predicted the New York Knicks to finish fifth in the Eastern Conference and not claim the Atlantic Division crown after an impressive 54 win season it seems as though the underrated statements are out just like last offseason when the Knicks were too old to win the division.
Well I guess they proved that wrong with a second placed finish in the Eastern Conference and winning their first Atlantic Division in a long time and with a much improved squad with little cap room to work with this offseason, I don’t see why they can’t do it again.
With that being said, here are a few reasons why the 2013-14 season will be as impressive as the 2012-13 campaign.
Andrea Bargnani Shines Under The Bright Lights Of New York:
To most Knicks fans this is a hope rather than a prediction but to me this seems perfectly plausible.
Allow me to explain.
Bargnani is a first pick bust during his stint in Toronto. Most called him overpaid, injury prone, and basically one of the worst first picks in recent history. But in New York there isn’t much pressure on him to succeed.
The Knicks gave up Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak, and Marcus Camby with some picks for him so when looking at the players that the Knicks gave up really Novak is the only player worth anything and with his horrendous defense and his one dimensional offense he isn’t worth much for the contract he possesses.
To me Bargnani fits the role that Amar’e Stoudemire has perfectly; someone who can come off of the bench and score some points when the Knicks starting lineup goes cold. Bargnani can space the floor with the second unit with his three point shooting and with shooters surrounding him such as J.R. Smith, or Amar’e Stoudemire, Mike Woodson will not feel reluctant to put an exuberant amount of minutes on him.
Carmelo Anthony Retains Scoring Title:
Carmelo Anthony was an offensive juggernaut last season averaging 28.7 ppg on his way to his first career scoring title and the Knicks first scoring title since Hall of Fame forward, Bernard King and I don’t expect that to change this season.
I see Anthony retaining the scoring title for one reason. Who else on the Knicks is trusted with the ball so much? If you think about it the Knicks have players who can shoot the ball in Smith, Stoudemire, Bargnani, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, and Metta World Peace to some extent but none of them compare to the scoring ability that Anthony possess.
He is one of the best, if not the best, pure scorer in the NBA and even though he doesn’t do some of the things that players such as Kevin Durant or LeBron James do, his scoring ability is unheralded and with no one else in the starting lineup, or off the bench that is trusted with the ball in their hands as much as he is, I see him topping his numbers from last season on his way to retaining the scoring title in the NBA.