New York Knicks: Atlantic Division Analysis
Added by Stephen Zimkouski on September 26, 2011.
With 43 preseason games and training camps cancelled it’s most likely we will not get a full 82 game season, but lets pretend that we will get one. What can we expect out of the Knicks this year within the division. Will they finish in 2nd in the Atlantic again and 6th overall in the East or is this the year the Knicks regain the Atlantic Division and a home court advantage in the first round.
It’s safe to say that the Atlantic is one of the weaker divisions in basketball if not the weakest. It’s tough to predict wins and losses before a season starts because you don’t know what types of injuries and transactions may occur over the course of a season but here goes.
I see Toronto winning 20 games and losing 62 which will be last in the Atlantic this upcoming season as a young team and have an emerging star in Demar Derozan will be something to look forward too but they won’t compete in the next few years. I also see New Jersey Nets finishing in fourth this season with 26 wins and 56 losses. Having Deron WIlliams for a full season or at least half a season if he’s not dealt should calculate into a few more wins but not many.
The 76ers are an emerging team but they’re not ready to step up as an elite team in East. They should win 41 and lose 41 which they did last year as the growing pains for their young talent should continue. Next I see the Knicks improving and finishing with 50 wins and 32 losses. Carmelo and Amare will mesh better than previously and those two guys talent alone is good enough to beat up on many of the teams in the East.
The Boston Celtics are still the most rounded and well coached team in the Atlantic as hard as it is to admit. They are older so I see them winning 52 and losing 30 this season as they should narrowly take the Atlantic division from the East. Doc Rivers proves year in and year out that he is one of the best coaches in the NBA so it’s hard to ever count them out. Recapping my predictions I see the Atlantic Division shaping up exactly the same as it did last year but the great thing about sports is the games aren’t played on paper so we’ll just have to see what happens.