There's a difference between PPG and points per 100 possessions. If you force more possessions there is more scoring (e.g. if you run the floor and score quick buckets there are simply more chances for each team to score). I personally believe points per 100 possessions is a better indicator, it shows how well, per possession you play ball. Per 100 possession we give up 3 points more than Atlanta.
Kblack...don't even except the premise. Atlanta has a better and deeper roster than the Knicks evidenced by their ability to actually play the players at their natural position. Add in their experience together, playoff runs and deep roster full of veterans(we are the 2nd youngest team) and it's not a mystery to most why Atlanta is ahead of us.
People would have us believe this is all coaching and not that our roster and rebuild is incomplete, not that our two best defenders (Azbuikie and Turiaf) have been injured and not that we are a young squad, newly formed with only one star.
Atlanta, even with similar talent (I think Atlanta is more talented, personally, but even if we roll with that idea), they have had 3 years to put it together. Then the guy says we should be on pace for 42 wins (which is what we are on pace for right now) but with MDA we might not get there...well an anvil might fall on my head when I walk outside, I don't play in MIGHTS. I see over halfway through the season, this team, based on talent level right where they should be. Apparently so does Mike D'Antoni's detractor (knicksfansince92).
No coach would have us in the top 4, we simply aren't as deep as even Orlando or Chicago, nevermind Miami and Boston. If you want to say we might compete with Atlanta, I disagree (I think their front court is absolutely LETHAL), but that still doesn't have us much further up than where we should be.
All your "facts" have been directly addressed before you even made them. That tells me you rather ignore my points and restate your own assertions then quote me and have an actual debate...hence my initial post in your direction.
I think the most telling factor is point differential. However, Atlanta is a more consistent team than the Knicks on the defensive end, and it is why they are where they are now. Experience, you're right, does play a factor, but they have better individual and team defenders. There is a reason why they are 7 games ahead of us and that goes to defense.
If the Knicks played defense that they are capable of, we would be right around where Atlanta is.