The New York Knicks are 5-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. There are a couple of reasons for the Knicks success in this young season.
The first reason is the Knicks leading the NBA in points allowed per game. The Knicks are allowing only 87.8 points per game and are reminding people of the very 1993-94 team where defense was a main philosophy of the Knicks.
Another reason is the Knicks are second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 103.4 points per game. Carmelo Anthony seems absolutely content and is dominating this season, averaging 26.8 points per game, good enough to lead the NBA in that category.
This is the Carmelo Anthony Knicks fans were hoping to see and were waiting so long for. It was beginning to look like the Knicks had missed out on Melo the Magnificent and were stuck with Melo the Malcontent. That is not the case this year.
The Knicks success is simple, score more points than your opponent which the Knicks are doing. Sustaining that success will come down to finding a groove. The Knicks are an older team, with Jason Kidd is 39, Marcus Camby is 38, Rasheed Wallace is 38 and was out of the NBA last season, and Kurt Thomas is 40. Coach Mike Woodson will need to find a balance for his older players to keep them healthy and fresh down the stretch.
Woodson might be forced to completely rest some of his older players at time to ensure they can continue to give this level of effort throughout the year. It won’t be easy but Woodson has a deep roster to help him.