I’m sure a lot of you have heard, the Knicks are ballin’ right now with a 5-0 record to prove it but how long will the success last? of course they will not go 82-0 in the regular season and then take a 16-0 ride all the way to the NBA Championship. That’s not going to happen no matter how much we would love to see an NBA team do it. Ok let’s get to what could happen and what is going on. There are now 2 teams in New York and there was a little bit of trash talking between the 2. The Brooklyn Nets are the other team who are 4-2 and have picked up some steam after the slow start but I’m gonna go with the Knicks here. I just don’t see Brooklyn as a serious contender out East, not right now. They are working all their new players together and are figuring things out defensively. The Knicks have a ton of new (old) players as well but right now they are meshing pretty well. They are leading the NBA in steals at 10.4 per game and beating opponents by an average of 15.6 points a game. (103.4 to 87.8) and holding them to just 42% shooting. Not only that they are lighting it up from beyond the arc at almost 43%. A big part in that is J.R. Smith who is 13/18 from being the stripe so far.
It looks like my guy Carmelo Anthony is back to his old ways, averaging just under 27 a game and is playing the best defense of his career which he has always been criticized for. If he keeps up his current play and the Knicks are a top 2 seed come playoff time, look for Melo to be on the MVP ballot.
There has been a lot of question whether Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire can play together and we have not seen the Knicks this season with Amar’e in the lineup. He is expected to miss the first 6-8 weeks of the season as he recovers from knee surgery. How will he fit into the Knicks current system which is working quite well for them? There has been suggestions of having Amar’e come off the bench and be the leading force of the 2nd unit but how would the 6-time All-Star handle that? Or will he even accept it? These are questions that will be answered in the coming weeks as we get closer to his home.
I’m sure Brooklyn will be in the playoff hunt and it may take them time before they are contenders but right now I’m gong to say the Knicks will be the top team in New York this season and could challenge the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics for the Eastern Conference crown.