While the records are similiar i'd take the performance of this years team over last years team any day. We still are lacking a star player and without a star player you can't compete in the NBA but for the most part all the players we wanted to see progress have progressed.
David Lee, Wilson Chandler, and Gallo have all progressed and continued to improve. Also last season we simply outscored teams to win this year we are a better basketball team. We compete on defense (most nights) and run a fluid offense.
The 1-9 start killed us. Say we went 4-5 in those first 5 games we would be 19-18 and people would be extremely excited. Barring a major trade (a salary cap move where we dump lee or Harrington to get rid of Curry or JJ) this team should stay competitive throughout the season and possibly compete for the 8th spot in the playoffs.
As Knick fans, seeing the roster from opening night we should be happy to be a competitve team that sneaks into the playoffs. The more meaningful late season games we play the better it is for Gallo, Chandler, and Lee (if he comes back).
I also expect to see Hill squeak into the rotation later in the year and if David Lee is traded i'd expect Hill to play atleast 25 minutes a night. It's only limited minutes but Hill has shown me that he may not be a star player but he will certainly be a useful piece in the next few seasons. You can never have enough athlethic 7 footers on your roster.