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5 Reasons Why the New York Knicks Will Make the Playoffs Next Season

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5 Reasons Why the New York Knicks Will Make the Playoffs Next Season

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After a horrendous season, the New York Knicks have the potential to turn things around quickly and make some noise in the Eastern Conference. Here are five reasons why the Knicks will make the playoffs next season.

5. Struggling Players Will Perform Better

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5. Struggling Players Will Perform Better

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Many players on the Knicks underperformed last season, resulting in the team's struggles. J.R. Smith, coming off a year where he earned Sixth Man of the Year honors, was suspended and played horrifically. He shot poorly from the field and seemed more focused on untying people's shoes. Andrea Bargnani also struggled, playing in just 42 games and having some mental lapses of his own. Look for these two to come out of the gate better.

4. Improvements at the Point Guard Position

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4. Improvements at the Point Guard Position

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Jose Calderon is much better than Raymond Felton. It is that simple. Felton hurt team chemistry and didn't bring much on the court either. Calderon, on the other hand, shot 45 percent from three last season (fifth best in the NBA), has a better assist/turnover ratio than Felton and is familiar with current Knicks players like Bargnani. Shane Larkin also adds youth, excitement and more potential to the Knicks' backcourt.

3. The Eastern Conference is Still Weak

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3. The Eastern Conference is Still Weak

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Despite a bad season, the Knicks finished just one game out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs with a losing record. Let's face it, the conference was weak last year and still will be this year. With a superstar in Carmelo Anthony to go along with an improving roster mixed with veterans and youngsters, the Knicks have a pretty good shot of making the playoffs like they should have this past season.

2. Team Chemistry Will Improve

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2. Team Chemistry Will Improve

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The Knicks' team chemistry seemed to go down from the 2012-13 season to 2013-14, so it can only go up next season. With suspensions, new players and lost veterans, a new culture last season doomed the Knickerbockers. With a couple of changes on the roster again and the addition of Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson, things will have a great chance to turn around. More ball movement and better defense should create some more smiles.

1. Fisher and Jackson to the Rescue

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1. Fisher and Jackson to the Rescue

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Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson, five-time champions with the Los Angeles Lakers, are coming to the Big Apple to turn around the mess that is the New York Knicks. With their winning background and basketball intelligence, this organization will start to produce a winning culture and formula in New York. The Knicks may be far from a title contender, but the playoffs are within their reach this season with championship potential soon to come.