The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The New York Knicks may have been the team that was most disappointed with their performance at the end of last season.
With their 54-28 record the Knicks were the second best team going into the post season. At least it looked that way statistically. The Knicks were getting the job done on both sides of the ball as they were the 11th highest scoring team in the league but their 7th ranked defense was quite surprising. As a unit they looked to have the tools to challenge the Miami Heat but it was clear after the second round that would not occur, as they would fall to the Indiana Pacers.
2012-2013 scoring champion Carmelo Anthony will be back to take his place as the primary offensive threat for New York. Scoring has always been Anthony's calling card, but he will have to improve upon his rebounding and assists if he's going to earn that franchise player tag in which a championship unit can be built around.
Joining him is J.R. Smith who the Knicks decided to sign to a long-term contract. He's coming off of a season that saw him earn Sixth Man of the Year accolades with more points, but faded late in the year. He's been suspended for failing a drug test to start the year, but Smith is going to be a key offensive weapon.
Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler played well in their roles for majority of the season. Amar'e Stoudemire seems to be at full health but the question is how will he and Melo fare when on the floor together. The Knicks also added a number of other key players on their roster such as Kenyon Martin, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Metta World Peace.
With a roster that includes a number of players that perform well in specific moments, it will be interesting to see how well they mesh and share the ball. This is one of the best rosters that the Knicks have had in quite a long time so the pressure is on to win.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Raymond Felton, PG: 13.9 PPG, 5.5 APG
J.R. Smith, SG: 18.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Carmelo Anthony, SF: 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG
Amar'e Stoudemire, PF: 14.2 PPG, 5 RPG
Tyson Chandler, C: 10.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG
Expected Season Finish
3rd in the Eastern Conference