NBA News: Handicapping the 2014 New York Knicks Win Total
New York Knicks
October 2, 2014
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Here we will give a quick rundown of the 2014 New York Knicks win total that was set at 40.5 games.
The Knicks won just 37 games last season and finished the year strong with seven wins in their last nine games. With the strong finish the Knicks had last season and the additions they made during the offseason, they should be a better basketball team and should be able to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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First, when you have an All-Star player such as Carmelo Anthony, anything is possible. The one thing the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets don’t have (teams that have the same projected win totals as the Knicks) is a player who can take over games and pretty much pull off victories by himself. Carmelo is one of the few elite scorers in the NBA and has stayed healthy for much of his career, giving the Knicks a solid chance to be at the very least a .500 ball club.
The addition of Jose Calderon at point guard is a massive upgrade over Raymond Felton, as he gives the Knicks a true floor general and another volume scorer, as he shot close to 45 percent from downtown last season. Calderon fits in well and gives the Knicks more of a balanced starting five, as Felton struggled with turnover and weight issues.
The one thing that will determine if the Knicks can top this projected win total is the health of Amar'e Stoudemire. Stoudemire has started in just 21 games the last two seasons but showed promise when he was on the court a year ago. At times Stoudemire was a beast, such as his 24-point 11-rebound performance on the road against the Toronto Raptors. At the age of 31, Stoudemire still has more than enough left in the tank and will be the difference maker to whether or not the New York Knicks make the playoffs.
While the return of J.R. Smith is going to drive New York fans nuts sometimes, he is a spark offensively off the bench and has a place on the Knicks roster. It’s also going to be interesting to see if Tim Hardaway Jr. can build on his rookie performance a year ago and take that next step in his young career.
Overall, the New York Knicks don’t have much depth and have a first-year head coach in Derek Fisher. However, the NYK do have an All-Star player and enough pieces around him to be a .500 team that can make the playoffs in the East.
Give me the over.