We have traveled around the World Wide Web to find the best of the Knicks previews for your perusal and enjoyment. We intend to present our view before the season starts, but it's interesting to see where all the analysts and experts -- not all analysts are experts and not all experts analyze -- think the Knicks will wind up this season. Everyone sees the Knicks as a playoff team. Almost everyone is afraid to suggest the Knicks will win less than 50 games. And no one has the Knicks as a Championship contender in the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, Ii might as well let the cat out of the bag), Knicks Fanatic is not going to predict a Championship run this year either. I'm sorry to say that I don't see the Knicks becoming strong enough defensively to outplay the Heat or the Bulls this season. (The Nets are overrated because of the names on the jerseys.) But maybe, Woodson will figure something out or better yet, the players on the floor will figure out how to remain defensively intense for a full game, let alone for a full series by the end of the year.
Anyway, enjoy the collection of reviews and if we missed any, please let us know so that we can add them to the list. At the end of the year, we'll come back to see how good our prognosticators actually were.
|Gothamist||54 games, possibly Eastern Conference Finals|
Jim Cavan, Knickerblogger: 50 wins and second round loss
Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm: Second round and out
Mike Kurylo, Knickerblogger: Doubtful about Eastern Conference finals
Isreal Gutierrez, ESPN.Com: First round of playoffs
Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger: Second round exit
|Ball Don't Lie||49-33.|
|Fansided||48-51 wins, fifth or sixth playoff slot|
|WUSA9.Com||Playoffs, lowest possible position is 5th in East|
|FoxNews.com||Top playoff seed|
|The Whistle||54 Wins, 28 Losses, lose in conference semi-finals|
|Posting and Toasting||None. Hope for second round games|
46-36 is my prediction, along with a first round exit.
I think we have a very traditional depth chart that is NOT well suited to playing out of position. We go 2 deep at every position with legit NBA rotation players - 3 deep at PG. That's practically Knee-Deep!
I'd start Shump & Melo at the 2/3 spots and assume that they can be
just as good a pair of wings on both ends of the floor as any starting tandem in the NBA. Iman is ready to bust out - I see little value in playing him out of position against bigger small forwards, where he is forced to gamble rather than use his athleticism to make plays defensively.
I'd play Andy & Amare 40mpg combined at Power Forward and demand that they give maximum defensive effort in limited minutes...loudly, publicly, and often. i'd also circle a half dozen games on the schedule and plan to Popovich key guys on those nights.
i'd limit Tyson, Ray & Shump to 30mpg as much as possible to preserve their health, and allow them to play more aggressively w/r/t managing fouls and energy levels.
i'd send Toure Murry & THJR down to DLeague when JR comes back.
Cannot believe we kept Aldrich and Chris Smith instead of Ike Diogu, Lou Amundson, or Jeremy Tyler's 2-year partially guaranteed contract.
ESPN insider Brad Doolitle statesWorse than you think
1. New York Knicks | Minus-10 (Summer Forecast: 48; Analytics: 38)
Most everyone has the Knicks as an Eastern Conference contender and a lock for a top-five seed. However, the analytics don't see them being able to guard anyone. ATH has the Knicks projected to rank No. 27 in defensive efficiency. So far in the preseason -- yes, it's just preseason -- New York is dead last in team defense, and isn't really close to anyone else. The offense also is projected to slide because of the loss of 3-point shooters like Steve Novak, Jason Kidd and Chris Copeland. The Knicks will be in the playoffs, and I think they'll win more than 38 games. I don't see them contending for the conference title.
@PaulNoize Hey Paul, nice to read you again.Like your take but tonights game vs.The Milwaukee WDFaredos'guys?, only saw the end, shows we have various problems, big and little.Letting YMCA league teams come back in the 2nd half is small when you consider our bestest team is with Carmelo at the 4 (bad shoulder and all) and a 36 year old guard playing big minutes.Remember Kidd the Elder being worn to a nub should be our battle cry.Shump needs to play a lot more but DoDoDolan probably told Woody JR is starting, so deal with it.Gabagiani, the poor man's Danelo, was a huge mistake.Metta is very game but only a starter on the Over the Hill gang.Even if we win our share and get to the playoffs that small ball team can't deal with the big boys when things get serious in the chip rounds.Woody knows this but says all the right stuff to the MSM.He needs this job like we all do.
We need a trade to get bigger and better.Maybe next year when Amare's contract is an asset.Love his heart, hate his knees.Oh well, Chi game should tell us exactly how for real we are.All together now, "Let us pray..."
I'll try to make the next convo.Keep writing.