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2:06 PM, July 23, 2010 ι [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

Now that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has officially moved on from the Knicks and signed with the Nuggets, he was happy to take some shots at his former team.
Harrington had this to say [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

"I guess they could be better, but I don't think they're better than the team we had last year," Harrington said. "That's my opinion. You never know. They got Bill Walker, he could get better, Gallo [[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]] could get better. So it could be better but I don't think so."

At first, I thought sour grapes since he took some good shots at DíAntoni, too. But letís take a look at the roster the Knicks started last season with and the one they will likely bring out on the floor this October. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

Point guard: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] vs. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Felton is looking forward to stretching his legs in DíAntoniís run-and-gun offense after being held back in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]ís slower style with the Bobcats. And he seems like an upgrade from the inconsistent Duhon, who was shuffled in and out of DíAntoniís lineup last season.
This seems like the position where the Knicks made the most drastic improvement, but watching how the Magicís [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] dominated Felton in the first round of the playoffs is cause for worry. Duhon is now in Orlando as Nelsonís backup, where he somehow was able to wrangle a four-year, $15 million contract.
Advantage: New Knicks

Shooting guard: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] vs. Wilson Chandler
Chandler struggled at the start of last season when he was returning from offseason ankle surgery. Unfortunately he needed another ankle operation this offseason, so the Knicks will have to hope this won't affect him too much.
Chandler is at his best when heís going to the basket or shooting open threes, but gets in trouble when he tries to create on his own and forces pull-up jumpers.
Advantage: Draw

Small forward: Danilo Gallinari vs. Danilo Gallinari
Believe it or not [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] opened last season as the Knicks starter at small forward, but Gallinari quickly took over and started 74 games.
Back problems limited Gallinari to 28 games in his rookie, but he just missed one last year while averaging 15 points a game. He should only improve in his third season.
Advantage: New Knicks

Power forward: Anthony Randolph vs. Al Harrington
Harrington is a nice player, but wasnít the perfect fit for DíAntoniís system. Randolph fits better and has shown potential, but foot injuries limited him to 33 games and eight starts last season.
Randolph was the crucial piece in the sign-and-trade that sent [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to Golden State and will be key if the Knicks want to be in the playoff picture this year. We want to see Randolph for a couple of months before giving him the nod over Harrington.
Advantage: Old Knicks

Center: Amaríe Stoudemire vs. David Lee
Both are more power forwards then centers, but if Stoudemire works as hard as Lee did and stays healthy then he is a definitive upgrade. But those are two big ifs and the two reasons the Knicks were the only team to offer Stoudemire a max contract.
The knee and eye problems have been discussed at length and the Knicks will have to get lucky in that respect, but the motivation part is up to Stoudemire. Some were concerned that he wouldnít be motivated with a $100 million contract signed. The Knicks have to hope he proves those naysayers wrong.
Lee now gets to pair with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry with the Warriors trying to turn that team into a playoff threat in the stacked [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
Advantage: New Knicks

Sixth man: Kelenna Azubuike vs. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Azubuike will try to bring the same spark off the bench that Robinson did when he was seeing eye-to-eye with DíAntoni. Not quite the shooter that Robinson was, but averaged 14.4 points per game two years ago and was on similar pace last season when he blew out his knee nine games in.
Azubuikeís health concerns is a worry. And he may not have the ability to take over the game the way Robinson was capable of.
Advantage: Old Knicks

Rest of bench
Jared Jeffries, Toney Douglas, Darko Milicic, Larry Hughes, Jordan Hill, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] vs. Eddy Curry, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Rony Turiaf, Bill Walker, Andy Rautins or Landry Fields
After Robinson there wasnít much to like from this bunch.
Jeffries was solid on defense, but provided little help on offense.
Douglas contributed late in the season, but wasnít trusted early. The same could be said about Hill before he was included in a trade to the Rockets.
[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] made an impact on the court, but was in and out of the rotation. DíAntoni deserves more blame than Hughes for that.
You can also point to DíAntoni for not recognizing that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] could contribute off the bench.
Eddy Curry played in seven games before knee problems acted up again.
As the year went on Bill Walker, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Jonathan Bender and J.R. Giddens would all provide contributions.
Walker, a throw-in when the Knicks sent Robinson to the Celtics, and Douglas are the only ones coming back this year and the Knicks will be counting on both for increased contributions.
Rony Turiaf is the only known quantity, and will provide toughness and rebounding in the low post ó something the Knicks have lacked. He will likely start games to open the season, but don't see him playing in crunch time.
The Russian center, Timofey Mozgov, is a complete mystery and the Knicks canít expect much from Curry.
And donít expect the two second-round draft picks ó Andy Rautins and Landry Fields ó to see much time.
Advantage: Draw

Overall
It comes down to Randolph and Stoudemire. If they stay healthy ó and motivated in Stoudemireís case ó then this team is better than last yearís.
It also will help that the specter of LeBron James wonít be hanging over the Garden this season.
There will be a lot of moving parts to put together, but if the Knicks can get off to a decent start (10-10 through 20 games) they can compete for one of the final few spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Advantage: New Knicks