We have all heard the statment over the past 4 years from knicks fans "the knicks are back" yada yada yada, and i am happy for them, for the first time in over a decade, their franchise is relevant, but the question is, have they peaked? is all they will be a 7th or 8th seed? is 2012-2013 finally their time to make a statment?
we all hear the same crap argument every day "stoudemire and carmelo dont mesh" we know already, get over it, and move on, they have 2 talented stars who can score, but dont play well together, but besides that, they have a good bit of talent:
shumpert-a great young defender, who can develop into a nice 2 way player if he improves his jumper
jeremy lin- a point guard with turnover problems, but great court vision imo, and is capable of being a 14 pt and 5 assist, 3 turnover guy next season
this is a team that will for the large part remain the same next season. iman shumpert isnt likely to make huge improvements in his game due to the recovery time with his ACL, jeremy lin should improve a decent amount, and i would expect the leadershi of Anthony, Chandler, and Stoudemire to improve next season
This team has 0 money to spend and 0 draft picks, we are still awaiting arbitration of the case of lin and novak regarding whether the knicks have to choose between 1 of the 2 and sign them with the MLE, or if the knicks will be able to use their bird rights to resign them, and then be able to acquire another player via freeagency
Like it or not, you(and the heat) are not getting:
or any Quality veteran for the minimum, it wont happen, get that idea out of your heads right now
and Kidd,and odom are certainly not going to be available for less than the full MLE of 5 million
Billups and maybe nash would consider taking the Mini MLE for a shot at a title, but will the knicks have the mini mle to play with? chances are NO
unless the knicks are willing to part with one of their assets, they will not get a draft pick, or acquire a decent player for their bench in the 2012-2013 season
so what it looks like now is that they will come back with largely the same roster, and maybe 1 or 2 veterans for the vet minimum, and you can throw the whole "derek fisher to NY" theory out the window, fisher is in the finals now going for his 6th ring, do you really think hes going to want to sign with the knicks for the minimum to just lose in the playoffs in 2013 when he could sign with a miami or a LA next season if he doesnt return to OKC?
i do believe this team will take a chance and make a trade during this offseason as i believe that gurnwald is a very good gm, but moving along with the facts laid previously in this post
This knicks team led by A superstar calibur(not a superstar, a superstar calibur player) in Carmelo Anthony who has only gotten out of the first round once in his career, the DPOY, 3 injured quality players(stoudemire, shumpert, davis) and A coach in Mike Woodson who never in his career got a team past the 2nd round, but has had 3 consecutive regular season winning seasons
so taking all this into account, will the knicks be title contenders in 2013, for the first time since the 90s? or have they already peaked as a team?
and please dont bash, and atleast try to show some objectivity in this thread, we dont need a flame war between bulls,pacers,knicks and heat fans