22. New York Knicks
33-49, 10th in Eastern Conference
Here’s an interesting thought as you look over the Knicks roster — if you replaced Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James or Kevin Durant, would they be a better team? It’s hard to say they would be, which is why I’m quite sold that the Knicks are going to struggle this season. The supporting cast isn’t there and management wants to keep the cap clean enough so they can pursue a legit star next summer. This is a lame duck squad that’s going to go through the motions.
They’ll beat the projection if: Anthony’s pride spreads to the rest of the team. It’s not something that most professionals have trouble with and Anthony is no exception — he’s a competitor and he’s going to win a handful of games by himself if he has to.
They’ll fall short of the projection if: The team falls apart early and they fall too far behind. It’s hard enough to not look forward to next year already. Wait until they’re 11-25.