To say that the 2013-14 season was a disaster for the New York Knicks would be an understatement. At 35-45, they’ve successfully missed the playoffs, which will be the first time Carmelo Anthony has to watch them from home. Not exactly good timing when your star will be a free agent, but that’s another story. Who deserves the blame for this season?
Before we start pointing fingers, let’s look at some of the relevant statistics that explain how the Knicks ended up here. They’re No. 21 in the NBA in points per game (98.5) and No. 11 in points allowed (99.5), but those stats are misleading. Because of the slow, plodding pace (90.2, No. 29 in the NBA), the Knicks actually fared quite well offensively, as their rating was a 108.2, which was good for 11th in the association. It was the defense (109.3 rating, 24th in basketball) that was the real problem.