By Matt Constas on August 21, 2014
After a horrible 2013-14 season, the New York Knicks have made a lot of changes that will result in a playoff berth. Here are five differences from last year's team that will make them better next season.
Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher know the game of basketball better than most minds. The Knicks looked lost a lot of last season, so they will try and let them find their niche. For example, Iman Shumpert was horrendous on the offensive end last season, shooting 33 percent from three and taking more than three attempts per game. That won't happen next season. He will get less and more efficient shots, while being used more to his strength: defense.
Let's face it; Raymond Felton was bad for the Knicks. Now they have Jose Calderon, a talented veteran who will fit the new system perfectly. He shot 45 percent from three last season and will be a better facilitator than Felton. He also has some Dallas teammates in New York and has played with some current Knicks, helping chemistry. With Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni, the backcourt will definitely be better this season compared to last.
With three picks from June's draft, the Knicks added some youth to their roster. Cleanthony Early, Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Louis Labeyrie (who we might not see this season) will bring some young athletes to the team. Along with Shane Larkin, who came in the Felton/Chandler trade, and the returning Tim Hardaway Jr, the Knicks will have a nice mix of youth, experience and talent they lacked last season.
If you have not seen the New York Knicks' stars' Instagram account you should take a look. Slightly less notable than the slimmer LeBron James, Anthony is looking better than ever as well this summer. He is coming off of one of his best seasons and is looking even more motivated to continue to improve. Seeing Anthony prepare for the biggest years of his career like this should make Knicks fans very excited.
Phil Jackson has won 13 NBA titles, 11 as a coach and two with the Knicks as a player when they were last champions. Who better to bring in as president than one of the greatest basketball minds of all time. Then insert his influential and lovable point guard Derek Fisher as head coach, with whom he won five titles. These two "rookies" at their positions know a lot about the game. We all know what this organization is trying to do; win.
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