While there’s still an abundance of talent left in the Big Apple, there are obviously still plenty of question marks remaining for the New York Knicks heading into the regular season.
The Knicks made some interesting moves during the offseason. First and foremost, they let Jeremy Lin, who had quickly become a bonafide NBA star, move on and he signed on with the Houston Rockets.
In his place, New York brought Raymond Felton back. Felton had one of his best seasons of his career when playing for the Knicks and the organization is hoping he can replicate some of that magic this season.
Felton will be backed up by Jason Kidd, a veteran who was also signed as a free agent. He spurned an offer from Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks for a contract extension, and instead latched on with the Knicks. Kidd will provide a lot of experience for the team.
At shooting guard, it looks like J.R. Smith has locked up the starting spot, with Ronnie Brewer and Iman Shumpert also set to get playing time.
The other three positions are also locks, with Carmelo Anthony at the three, Amar’e Stoudemire at the four, and Tyson Chandler at the five. Stoudemire, however, will be sidelined to start the season, meaning we could see Anthony move over to power forward quite a bit.
Backups include sharpshooter Steve Novak and experienced bigs in Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby.
The main question mark for the Knicks: will they finally be able to forge some chemistry? Stoudemire and Anthony have yet to really click when on the court together, and that’s something that simply has to happen if New York is to contend.
Still, you’ll want to keep an eye on the Knicks for your NBA picks. They should be able to lock down a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, assuming there aren’t any major injuries.