|2010-11 Team Ratings|
|6th Overall||19th Overall|
Stats through games of Jan. 15
MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire has led the Knicks back to relevance, dominating offensively. He still needs help on the frontline though.
Raymond Felton has arguably been as important an acquisition as Stoudemire. And second-round pick Landry Fields has been a revelation.
The Knicks have come up with some timely blocks and turnovers, but overall, their defense is sub-par, unable to get consistent stops.
The Knicks have had some decent contributions from their reserves, but they lack depth and rank last in bench minutes per game.
Mike D'Antoni has his new roster flourishing in his system ... at least offensively. As always, defense is an issue.
After nine seasons of misery, New York basketball fans finally have a team to be proud of. After a 3-8 start, the Knicks went on a 13-1 tear that made them the talk of the NBA. They've settled into sixth place in the East, looking like a lock to end the conference's longest playoff drought.
To no one's surprise, it has been the Knicks' offense that has fueled their rebirth. D'Antoni hasn't changed his system, but now has the talent he needs to make it work. And with their pace, spacing and aggressiveness, the Knicks have overwhelmed some of the best defenses in the league.
The Knicks' defense hasn't overwhelmed anybody. And it can be argued that an interior presence would do a better job of taking them to the next level than another offensive star. Either way, as the trade deadline approaches, New York is now dealing from a position of strength.
-- John Schuhmann
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