Who would have thought it? The Knicks were 3-8 and the entire country was jumping on the anti-New York bandwagon. Now though, it’s the other way around. The Knicks are 16-9 now and even national news are picking it up.
This summer, conventional wisdom dictated that the Knicks should grab at least one marquee FA, toil through the season, and snag Carmelo Anthony on the other end. Recently though, the Knicks have been doing far more winning than struggling.
This is easily the most efficient offense of the D’Antonio-New York era, and it’s largely due to the play of the team’s two biggest additions- Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton. Despite a high turnover rate, Felton has been a borderline All Star in the Eastern Conference, setting up teammates for shots more frequently than he ever did in Charlotte. And Amar’e has rapidly proved that he can excel without Steve Nash by his side.
The main questions for the Knicks still lie on the defensive side of things. That said, they’ve managed to be around league average there. If they can sustain their current record, they obviously become an even more desirable destination (if that’s even possible) for Melo.
Just a side note: ESPN will apparently be carrying the Celtics/Knicks game on Wednesday night…