Originally Posted by knicksin60
Jose Barea G = Raymond Felton
Rodrique Beaubois G < Pablo Prigioni
Corey Brewer, Brian Cardinal F > Chris Copeland
Tyson Chandler C = Tyson Chandler
Brendan Haywood C < Marcus Camby
Jason Kidd G = Jason Kidd
Alex Ajinca, Ian Mahinmi C = Kurt Thomas
Caron Butler,Shawn Marion F < Carmelo Anthony
Steve Novak F = Steve Novak
Dirk Nowitzki F > Amar'e Stoudemire
Sasha Pavlovic G-F > James White
DeShawn Stevenson, Domique Jones-G< Iman Shumpert, Chris Smith
Peja Stojakovic F-G < Ronnie Brewer
Jason Terry- G > JR Smith

There is no question that our roster is just as good as Dallas' roster was a couple seasons ago. But the questions are can this Knicks team stop Miami the way that Dallas did in the finals given that Miami is coming off a championship season and has a much better roster than they did when they lost to Dallas?

Can Mike Woodson teach this Knicks team how to play zone defense with a full season of training camp?

Can Amar'e be near the impactful player that he was before Melo became a Knick?

Can Melo play at a level of a Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant on both ends of the floor?

Can Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton find a way to solve the problem of Melo and Amar'e not being a good fit on offense?

How much do aging players like Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, and Kurt Thomas have left in their tank?

If the answer becomes yes to most of these questions I really believe that the Knicks have at least a 40 percent chance of pulling off an upset against Miami in the playoffs.But a lot of things have to fall the Knicks' way in order for that to take place.
Steve Novak did not last the season, he was gone within the first month. he finished off the season with the Spurs.

I think as a team, it's better because there's more support around the designated #1 option. Melo has Amare as the #2, while Dirk had Jet, Jet is more like JR with the Knicks. So offensively if the Knicks play their cards right, Melo should have stronger legs come crunch time in the 4th than Dirk did. Rotation wise, Brewer should be match with Deshawn and that alone, I think the Knicks have the edge there, as Deshawn played 12-14 minutes, while Brewer has more game to get more time. I think the key to this comparison is Kidd, can he duplicate what he brought for the Mavs that season in fewer minutes?