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5 Reasons The New York Knicks Are The Worst Team In The NBA

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The New York Knicks Are The Worst Team In The NBA

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So, the New York Knicks have gone on a four-game win streak, beating the Dallas Mavericks, the Detroit Pistons, the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. Obviously that victory over the Heat sticks out and is for sure a great win for the Knicks, but isn’t that just the issue in a nutshell? The Knicks have the talent to beat the Heat, the clear dominant team in the NBA, yet they lose two games in a row to the Toronto Raptors the week before. Not to mention two losses to the Washington Wizards and losses against the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Detroit Pistons and the Charlotte Bobcats.

So, you’re thinking, “Yeah, the Knicks have not played great this season but come on, worst team in the NBA?” My quick answer to that is to focus on the word “team” in “the worst team in the NBA.” Even with their injuries, they really have all the pieces. They have a decent point guard in Raymond Felton, a dominant scorer in Carmelo Anthony, good shooters in Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert, another big guy who can score in Andrew Bargnani, and a great fire-starter in J.R. Smith. Injuries to Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace have hurt their defense a bit, but even their scoring is lacking despite all those weapons.

Despite going on a four game winning streak, they are still eight games out of 500. Here’s why the Knicks are the worst team in the NBA.

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5. No Control Of Players

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The one thing the Knicks are consistent about is seemingly having little control over the players. The recent J.R. Smith shoe untying thing led to a $50,000 fine and a benching for one game. This is after getting a warning, and then doing it again. Carmelo Anthony wants to play, sometimes, and Amar’e Stoudemire can’t do anything outside of offense, as long as that offense involves him scoring.

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4. Playing Like A Team Is A Headline

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Whenever the Knicks spread out the scoring and win, it’s a huge deal. They have won four games in a row, and it’s because Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire let other guys get points. Stoudemire averages under half an assist per game, and Anthony averages three. Stoudemire may not be 100 percent, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pass the ball.

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3. Lack Of Rebounding

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The Knicks are 29th in the league in rebounding. Amar’e Stoudemire averages under five rebounds per game. Carmelo Anthony is their leading rebounder.

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2. The Defense Is Even Worse

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The Knicks are eighth in the league for points allowed, and this is while playing in the Eastern Conference. When coming in at 26th in the league for points per game, that defense will not cut it.

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1. Bad Chemistry Still An Issue

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No matter what lineups they throw in there, it always seems like the roles of each player is completely undefined. The players aren’t sure whether Carmelo Anthony should be doing most of the scoring, or if they should be playing team basketball. Injuries have plagued the Knicks, but it’s been the same story for them for a many years now. They just can’t seem to find chemistry.