Kiss my ***
SI.com's 2012-13 Preseason Crystal Ball
SI.com's NBA writers give their predictions for the 2012-13 season.
Jason Kidd is coming of the worst season of his career. So is Raymond Felton. And these are supposed to be the point guards who make New York forget about Jeremy Lin and lead the Knicks to an Atlantic Division title. It's more likely they finish third, behind the Celtics and Nets, squeezing into a final Eastern Conference playoff spot again. As long as Amar'e Stoudemire is healthy (he's expected to miss the start of the season), the Knicks' front line will be strong, with Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony. But the backcourt, and especially the point, remains problematic. - Lee Jenkins
The Carmelo Anthony/Amar'e Stoudemire tandem still doesn't work, a motivated Raymond Felton is still only a marginal player and the big-man rotation, aside from Tyson Chandler, can't be trusted to stay healthy or play heavy minutes. There's still enough to qualify for the postseason, but that's it. Given how many headlines these guys consistently generate, that's enough to count as a flop. - Ben Golliver