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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT CARD
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New York

Knicks

Atlantic

Team Rating
OffenseDefense
103.6105.1
20th Overall19th Overall
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Statistics through 1/20/10

W

17

L

24

PCT

.415

GB

14

CONF

12-16

DIV

3-4

HOME

10-11

ROAD

7-13

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
It can be argued that the Knicks' five best players are forwards or centers. They're led by David Lee, who deserves All-Star consideration.

B

BckCourt
Mike D'Antoni's system needs consistency from the point, but Nate Robinson has been erratic and Chris Duhon has shot poorly.

D

Defense
The Knicks have been slightly better than last season, but they still can't get stops consistently.

D

Bench
Robinson and Al Harrington provide punch, but D'Antoni's short rotation has created some unrest among the veterans.

C

Coaching
With most of his team aware that it's not going to be around next season, D'Antoni deserves credit for keeping the Knicks in the playoff picture.

B

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D

Summary

After a dismal 3-14 start, the Knicks have rebounded somewhat. Interestingly, they've done it by slowing down the pace. By taking more time and moving the ball better offensively, they're getting better shots. And with fewer possessions, they're better able to focus on the defensive end of the floor.

They're still far from a great team, but they are tied for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference since Dec. 1. Donnie Walsh won't sacrifice future cap space for a short-term fix, but the Knicks don't have their 2010 first round draft pick, so they are trying to make the playoffs.

In order to get there, the Knicks can't take many steps back like they have over their last five or six games. At this point, they're not good enough on either end of the floor to play with much consistency. -- John Schuhmann

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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