New York Knicks 2010-11 season
Worse Case: 34-48
Best Case: 40-42
Average Case: 37-45
The Knicks will go through growing pains to learn how to maximize from their players and team as a whole. I think they will make a run at the playoffs towards the end of the season. I also think Felton is a big plus and his addition gives the Knicks another 5-7 wins. Without Felton, the Knicks are probably no better than last year.
I do think that Amare's lack of defense is of major concern. The man cannot play man-on-man defense especially on the perimeter. So, if he has to guard a player that can play the high post, he is screwed. I would switch someone else on him. His post D is much better at least, but still not great. I would even say average to slight below average.
Amare is still an upgrade from Lee overall, disregarding rebounding ability. He is better offensively and defensively. Felton is an upgrade from Duhon and the other players are definitely an upgrade from last year. So, logically, the Knicks should win another 8-10 wins. But I cannot emphasize the chemistry enough. I can't but thing the Knicks will be 10 below at some point.
There are many teams better than the Knicks. Heat, Bulls, Bucks, Magic, Celtics, Hawks (especially if they resign Crawford) are all better. We will compete for the final 2 spots of the playoffs.
I hear all this hype, and it's great that Knicks fans are hopeful, as I am. How could you not be? We have cap flexibility. When was the last time the Knicks had any cap flexibility. Walsh has been known as a fiscally savvy GM, and the proof is in the pudding. I also like the enthusiasm with all these trade scenarios, which shows the creativity of NYK fans. But, in foresight, if you will, getting future (potential) free agents, namely Melo, CP3, DWill should be our goal.