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The New York Knicks had a weird season last year. Yes, they did get Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the squad and made the playoffs for the first time in years, but in doing so they traded their entire core and looked over matched at times in their opening round series with the Celtics. The Knicks are back and have added Tyson Chandler for some much needed depth and defensive presence. Here is the preview:
Most Important Player: Tyson Chandler. While Melo/Amare are clearly the Knicks one-two punch, Tyson Chandler will be the most important aspect of the Knicks hopes of contending. If he stays healthy and plays at the level he did last year with the Mavs, then the Knicks have a chance at climbing to the top of the East, if not this signing is going to hurt them.
Key Additions: Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby
Key Departures: Chauncey Billups. Whose veteran presence at point guard will actually be missed by the Knicks.
Rookies: Iman Shumpert, Josh Harrellson. Yes, Josh Harrellson is a Knick, you can’t make that up.
Things I Love About the Kniciks: They have an infinite amount of enjoyable role players. Landry Fields, Renaldo Balkman, Toney Douglas, Bill Walker, and now Mike Bibby and Josh Harrellson. They have the market cornered on role player love.
Things I Hate About the Knicks: The whole trend of spending nearly all of your cap space on two All-Stars and a big name role player will never grow on me. So there is that.
Why You Should Watch the Knicks: They do have two of the NBA’s most exciting players and are one of the NBA’s most storied franchises. Don’t need much of a reason to watch this team.
What To Expect: Good regular season, tough first round draw, early exit from the playoffs and more manuevring for Chris Paul/Dwight Howard in the offseason.
MVP: Carmelo Anthony
Rookie of the Year: Iman Shumpert
Sixth Man of the Year: Bill Walker
Most Improved Player: Landry Fields
Prediction: 4th in the East.