New York Knicks: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
New York Knicks
2014 NBA Season
The Line: See the Latest Odds
Last season, the New York Knicks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009. With a new head coach in Derek Fisher and the return of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks can only hope they can turn things around in somewhat of a rebuilding season.
Here is your 2014 New York Knicks NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Cleanthony Early
Key Losses: Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler
Biggest Strength: The biggest strength heading into the season for the New York Knicks has got to be their offensive firepower. Sure, the Knicks were 20th in the league last season in points per game, but the addition of snipeshooter Jose Calderon is only going to help and so is another season for Tim Hardaway Jr., who proved he can go on a scoring tear in minutes. When you add those factors to an underrated talent in J.R. Smith and an elite scoring talent in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have some explosiveness on the offensive end to work with. No, these aren’t the Golden State Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers explosive, but the Knicks are far more than Carmelo bailing them out every play like they were last season.
Biggest Weakness: Depth has to be a serious concern if you’re a New York Knicks fan. The Knicks starting center is Samuel Dalembert, a 33-year-old journeyman who doesn’t exactly specialize in a particular skill. There’s no point guard depth whatsoever behind Jose Calderon. Behind Carmelo, the Knicks have a rookie in Cleanthony Early and Travis Outlaw, a guy who has shot below 40 percent in four of the last five seasons. The Knicks deepest position is at shooting guard and everybody knows J.R. Smith is a hit or miss depending on the weather. Be patient Knicks’ fans, Phil Jackson needs time to build a contender.
Expectations: When you have a player as dominant as Carmelo Anthony and a few decent pieces around him, the Knicks have the potential to be a playoff team in the watered down East. However, this is by no means a championship contender or even a team that can get hot at the right moment. There’s just not enough talent on this Knicks roster to make a run at a deep postseason. However, that’s not going to stop people from watching, as the New York Knicks usually always find a way to entertain us.