The Knicks stand at 4-4 through eight games this season with 58 to play. With some showings of competence throughout the first eight games the Knicks frustrated their fans quite often at times with their stagnant offense and lackadaisical defense. The 4-4 record is also deceptive as three of the Knicks losses were against very winnable opponents in the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats. All of the Knicks wins were also against under .500 opponents as well with the exception of the Boston Celtics (who didn’t have Paul Pierce in the lineup against the Knicks) who stand at 4-4.
Talent wise the Knicks should be 7-1 right now with that only loss coming against the Los Angeles Lakers in a game the Knickerbockers were thoroughly dominated. Although the start of the season has been somewhat disappointing there are some things Knicks fans should look forward too.
Iman Shumpert is a rookie with lots of talent and has a very high ceiling. He’s already proven that he’s the most versatile and talented guard on the roster right now. Coach Mike D’Antoni rewarded him for this by starting him against the Detroit Pistons in the Knicks last game. Although Shumpert started in that game at point guard I feel that his more natural position is at the two guard and should start there when Baron Davis gets healthy moving Landry Fields to a bench role.
Carmelo Anthony has also been playing some of the best basketball of his career so far this season. Anthony is currently averaging 27.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 4.3apg. While his stats are similar to all his career averages the key is that he is averaging more assists per game this season than any other so far.
Now I’m by no means saying Anthony is an amazing facilitator but he has had to shoulder a larger role bringing the ball up the court and many times bailing the Knicks offense out.
Overall the Knicks have done a lot more bad than good but that’s why they play the whole season.