Knicks Retain Atlantic Division Crown:
After going an impressive 54-28 last season, the Knicks will look to replicate, if not better their outstanding form as they look to defend their Atlantic Division crown.
The Knicks will hope to repeat the dominance that they showed in the division and conference last season when they put their division crown on the line October 30th against Milwaukee. Eyes will be on the Knicks next season and after drafting Tim Hardaway Jr., signing the UFA, C.J Leslie, trading for Andrea Bargnani, re-signing Pablo Prigioni, JR Smith, and Kenyon Martin, and picking up Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih via free agency I see this Knicks team as much improved.
Even with Brooklyn’s busy offseason I feel that the Knicks will be able to retain the Atlantic Division because of the depth that they have at every position.
Knicks Will Finish 3rd In The East:
Grabbing the second seed last season was a great accomplishment for the oldest team in the NBA’s history but repeating finishing second and even with an improved team I feel that the Knicks will struggle.
It’s not because the Knicks got weaker, because in my opinion they are much stronger, but a healthy Derrick Rose will definitely have the Bulls higher up in the East and I see the Bulls taking the second seed with the Knicks dropping down to the third seed in the East.
Even with a healthy Danny Granger, and some much needed depth in the backcourt, I feel that the Pacers are going to struggle to challenge to challenge teams who play a perimeter game, while the Nets will wind up being the 2013 version of the Lakers.