New York Knicks Pre-All Star Break Update
However, New York knocked off the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat by 20 points on opening night, and began the season on a 6-0 tear, one of the best starts in franchise history.
Despite having the oldest roster in the history of the NBA, and experiencing several injuries because of it, the Knicks are currently sitting in the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference, two games behind Miami for the lead, with a 26-14 record.
Carmelo Anthony has been a strong candidate for the 2012-13 NBA MVP this season, giving the Knicks nearly 30 points every night, and is the second leading scorer in the NBA behind Kevin Durant (29.5) with 29.1 PPG.
Before experiencing the hand injury that kept him out for 4-6 weeks, Raymond Felton stepped into the PG role exceptionally well. He should be returning in New York’s upcoming game with the Philadelphia 76ers. Before going out, Felton gave New York 15.8 PPG and 6.3 APG.
Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, and Pablo Prigioni, all of whom are 35+ years old, have seemed to have found the fountain of youth at one point or another this season. All of them have been sidelined with an injury at one point or another this season, but when healthy, they have given the Knicks solid production. Kidd and Prigioni, especially, stepped up when Felton was hurt.
J.R. Smith has helped Anthony carry the load offensively, and is the frontrunner to win the Sixth Man of the Year.
Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert just returned after missing most of the first half of the season, and both are making an immediate impact on both ends of the floor.
If the Knicks were able to pull out a 26-14 record without two of their best players, just imagine what they will do after the All-Star break with Shump’ and STAT joining Anthony, Smith, and (All-Star) Tyson Chandler.