|2009-10 Team Rating|
|15th Overall||27th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
The Knicks overpaid to get him, but Amar'e Stoudemire is the best player they've had in a long time. Anthony Randolph gets a second chance to make a first impression.
Raymond Felton isn't the ideal point guard for Mike D'Antoni's system, but talent-wise, he's a big upgrade over what the Knicks have had the last two years.
Does this team even care about defense? If so, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike should help, but they're still lacking on that end.
The Knicks won't have the most talented bench, but they will have more players that D'Antoni can trust than they've had in the past.
The Knicks didn't get their top free agent target, but the grace period for D'Antoni is officially over. It's on him to make this team a winner.
The Knicks shot for the moon in free agency. They missed, but they did nab a star. The process of turning this perennial loser into an Eastern Conference contender is far from over, but in addition to finding a centerpiece in Stoudemire, the Knicks retained the flexibility (something they haven't had in ages) to add more pieces down the road.
With almost an entirely new roster and with only a couple of players who have won anything in the NBA, it will still be a challenge to develop a winning atmosphere in the locker room. Talent alone does not get you anything in this league. And it will be up to D'Antoni to get the Knicks to play hard, play together, and maybe play a little defense.
While they wait on another star, the Knicks must start building a foundation. The two-year waiting game is over and it's time to finally start moving forward.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|