Are the New York Knicks primed for a much-improved season? Will Amare Sotudemire and Carmelo Anthony be able to mesh well on the court? It’s time to address some pressing questions as we head into the regular season.
First things first: we’ll have to wait a little bit until we see both Amare and Melo out there together.
Stoudemire has a ruptured popliteal cyst, meaning he will miss two-to-three weeks of action. That means extended minutes for both Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby to start off the season.
When Stoudemire returns, it’ll obviously be a big lift offensively. Though his numbers were down across the board last season, we saw what Stoudemire was capable of in 2010 when he averaged 25.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Knicks.
That being said, his defensive ability is limited at best, and New York should actually be much better off with some sort of combo of Thomas/Camby and Tyson Chandler. Plus, Carmelo Anthony could play the four too if the Knicks want to play a little small ball.
Anthony has proven he can succeed at any position and remains one of the best pure scorers in the NBA.
The star small forward has battled injuries over the past couple seasons, which is why his numbers have regressed somewhat. We’re expecting a big bounce-back from Anthony though, as there’s no doubt that this is his team now that Jeremy Lin is gone and Amare will start the season sidelined.
Anthony is at his best when the team is counting on him.
Whether that makes the Knicks reliable in future NBA picks remains to be seen, but the first few games should give us a good indication of how this New York team will fare. There’s a lot of veteran talent here, so we’ll see.