Prediction time here at Turn On The Knicks! How will the New York Smiths…sorry I meant Knicks fair in 2013-2014 and what about the rest of the league? Read on to hear one man’s thoughts…
1. Carmelo Anthony will have a slight dip across the board in his offensive numbers but play in 75-80 games and enter the playoffs healthier than he was last season.
2. Amare Stoudemire will give the Knicks 40-50 games as a bit player off the bench. He will not be a major factor by the end of the season and heading into the playoffs.
3. Tim Hardaway Jr will earn relatively consistent rotation minutes and have an encouraging overall rookie season.
4. The Eastern Conference Playoff field
- Miami Heat
- Chicago Bulls
- Indiana Pacers
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- Washington Wizards
- Detroit Pistons
- Milwaukee Bucks
5. The Western Conference Playoff field
- Los Angeles Clippers
- San Antonio Spurs
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Houston Rockets
- Golden State Warriors
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Dallas Mavericks
- New Orleans Pelicans
- MVP – LeBron James
- ROY – Victor Oladipo
- 6th Man of the Year – Tyreke Evans
- DPOY – Dwight Howard
7. JR Smith will take a step back after last season’s career year, in terms of offensive efficiency and defensive reliability. He will still be the number two scorer on many nights but don’t expect a regular season like last year.
8. Iman Shumpert will take a strong step forward in his all-around game and by the time the playoffs start, will be the Knicks number two option more often than not. He will also be second team All-NBA defense.
9. The Knicks best off-season will prove to be Metta World Peace by a relatively wide margin, although Beno Udrih will have a solid season.
10. Andrea Bargnani will cause #KnicksTwitter to explode somewhere between 50-75 times this season.
11. The Knicks will advance to the second round of the playoffs after beating Brooklyn in a tightly contested first round series, where they will lose to the Miami Heat in six games.
12. The Miami Heat will beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Finals for their third straight championship.