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5 Reasons Why New York Knicks Will Improve in 2014-15

5 Reasons Why New York Knicks Will Improve in 2014-15

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After an absolutely awful 2013-14 campaign, the New York Knicks will be looking to drastically improve next season. Phil Jackson certainly had his work cut out for him this offseason heading in, as he possessed no draft picks nor any cap flexibility. Despite these drawbacks, Jackson was successful in making some personnel changes. Now the question is will these changes convert into wins? Here are five reasons why they will.

5. Major Upgrade at Point Guard

Jose Calderon
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5. Major Upgrade at Point Guard

Jose Calderon
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Raymond Felton was undoubtedly the worst starting point guard in the entire league last season. His defense was lacking, he struggled to remain in shape, his offense was shoddy and his various off-court issues put the icing on the cake. New York was lucky enough to unload his remaining two-year contract, upgrading to Jose Calderon. A savvy veteran, Calderon is one of the best pure shooters in the NBA today.

4. Adoption of the Triangle Offense

Triangle Offense
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4. Adoption of the Triangle Offense

Triangle Offense
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Dating back to the Mike D'Antoni era, New York has struggled to find a successful offensive system to fit the roster. D'Antoni clearly had no clue of how to utilize Carmelo Anthony's skills nor did Mike Woodson. Therefore, implementing this system taught by the triangle offense god should translate into some serious improvements.

3. Leadership of Derek Fisher

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3. Leadership of Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher
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Aside from Woodson's lack of offensive system, his leadership sort of tailed off as the 2013-14 season winded down. The locker room allegedly turned on him and the crowd chanting, "Fire Woodson" did not help his cause either. Bringing in a highly respectable veteran like Derek Fisher was only logical due to his extreme leadership abilities. Players will listen to him.

2. Phil Jackson's Influence

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2. Phil Jackson's Influence

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The Knicks played surprisingly well immediately upon the hiring of Phil Jackson. His mere presence seemed to encourage Knicks players as they made a concerted effort to make the playoffs towards the conclusion of last season. Although it was a failure, the influence of Jackson was visibly present before making any improvements to the roster. Jackson's evident willingness to make moves is an encouraging sign for Knicks fans across the country.

1. Carmelo Anthony Getting Into Premier Shape

Carmelo Anthony
via Carmelo Anthony's Instagram Page

1. Carmelo Anthony Getting Into Premier Shape

Carmelo Anthony
via Carmelo Anthony's Instagram Page

This picture still astonishes me to this very day. Never have I witnessed a historically bulky player slim down so much over the course of one offseason. Vastly improving his conditioning should result in a much quicker and speedier Carmelo Anthony, foreshadowing a potential increase in efficiency. At this point, Anthony has only one thing in mind: an NBA Championship.