New York Knicks 2012-13 NBA Preview

Carmelo Anthony

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New York Knicks

2011-12 Vitals:

36-30, 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference
97.8 PPG/94.7 OPP PPG

2012-13 Roster:

Carmelo Anthony – SF
Oscar Bellfield – PG
Ronnie Brewer – SG
Marcus Camby – C
Tyson Chandler – C
Chris Copeland – SF
Raymond Felton – PG
Jason Kidd – PG
Steve Novak – SF
Pablo Prigoni – G
Iman Shumpert – G
John Shurna – SF
Henry Sims – C
Chris Smith – SG
J.R. Smith – SG
Amare Stoudemire – PF
Kurt Thomas – C
Mychel Thompson – F
James White – SG

Offseason Additions:

Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Kurt Thomas, Ronnie Brewer, Pablo Prigoni, James White, Chris Smith

Offseason Subtractions:

Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, Kostas Papanikolaou

Projected Starters:

PG – Raymond Felton
SG – J.R. Smith
SF – Carmelo Anthony
PF – Amare Stoudemire
C – Tyson Chandler

Season Outlook:

Just as quickly as it started, the Linsanity era is over. Carmelo Anthony looks primed to make himself a MVP candidate and Amare Stoudemire should make it to camp fully healthy.

The big key will be the play of Raymond Felton. If he can return to his form of two years ago, his last run with the Knicks, they will be a tough team to contend with. If he looks more like the player that bombed with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, they’ll be in trouble.

They brought in a lot of veterans to help this team win a championship, but I don’t see a lot of value. Jason Kidd is way past his prime and Kurt Thomas will be a non-factor. Marcus Camby will help in small doses and they’re hoping Ronny Brewer can be a defensive stopper.

Best-Case Scenario:

Carmelo Anthony wins the MVP award and leads the Knicks to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They get a second-round match with the Boston Celtics and pull off a big upset, only to run into (and lose to) the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Worst-Case Scenario:

Raymond Felton plays as bad as he did in 2011-12 and the New York Knicks look old and lost. Anthony can only do so much and Stoudemire continues his statistical decline. The Knicks sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and get thrashed by the Miami Heat in round one.

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