I think acquiring Ron Artest is definitely a step in the right direction. I could honestly see the Knicks making the playoffs next year, if they acquire him, and if they draft a shot blocking center in the draft and a good defensive point guard as well.If all they do is get Artest, however, then the team will not improve at all, because we won't have any perimeter or interior defense from our back court and front court other than Ron Artest.This is what the line up will look like, if they both acquire Artest and get a good defensive Center and this is the lineup if they don't.
PF-Zach Randolph or Eddy Curry
(I prefer Randolph, but I know some people think otherwise)
C-Shot blocking Center
If they don't draft a good defensive center:
The first one shows a big improvement on defense, while the second one just shows a good defender sorounded by players who can't play defense.They need to do both, get Artest or a player that can score and defend at the SF position, and draft a good defender at center.