2010-2011 New York Knicks Expectations

The 2010 NBA offseason has only just begun and already the New York Knicks have been completely rebuilt at the hands of Donnie Walsh. We have a new face for the franchise in Amare Stoudemire, a new found intimidation factor, we've gotten bigger with the additions of Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Amare Stoudemire and Jerome Jordan, a pure PG to put on the court in Raymond Felton and we've been made into an defensive team nearly overnight while maintaining our familiar offensive style of play. I've been doing some thinking into what to expect from the Knickerbockers this coming season and I've came onto a compelling argument. If our newly acquired additions play like they are supposed to and if our current players Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Toney Douglas and Bill Walker show improvement to there game, will we be just as talented as the Phoenix Suns were? If not better? If you look at it and compare the roster of the 2009-2010 Suns to our 2010-2011 roster you will see that the Knicks could possibly have the same success. The Suns were a good team in the Western Conference, imagine if we had the same type of talent in the weaker Eastern Conference. We can be just as talented as the Suns with opportunities to get better, something they did not have the luxury of being able to do. That is my expectation.

  Suns Rotation

Louis Amundson- 6'9 PF/C

Leandro Barbosa- 6'3 SG/PG

Goran Dragic- 6'3 PG/SG

Jared Dudley- 6'7 SF/SG

Channing Frye- 6'11 PF/C

Grant Hill- 6'8 SF

Robin Lopez- 7'0 C

Steve Nash- 6'3 PG

Jason Richardson- 6'6 SG/SF

Amare Stoudemire- 6'10 PF/C


Knicks 2010-2011 Roster


               Kelenna Azibuike- 6'5 SG/SF

               Wilson Chandler- 6'8 SF/SG

               Eddy Curry- 7'0 C

               Toney Douglas- 6'1 PG/SG

               Raymond Felton- 6'1 PG/SG

               Danilo Gallinari- 6'10 SF/PF

               Timofey Mozgov- 7'0 C

               Anthony Randolph- 6'10 PF/SF

               Amare Stoudemire- 6'10 PF/C

               Ronny Turiaf- 6'10 C/PF

               Bill Walker- 6'6 SG/SF



                                                                  Position Comparison

                                                          Steve Nash VS Raymond Felton



Felton and Nash are two very good passing point guards. They both also have the ability to finish inside the paint and make baskets in traffic. Nash is one of the best passer and best point guards to ever play the game in my opinion. He has a very high basketball IQ and actually makes his teammates play smarter. He may not be in his prime any longer but he still has talent and has proven to be able to run the Pick n Roll in our system with Amare so that being said I give the Point Guard edge to Nash.




                                                  Kelenna Azibuike VS Jason Richardson



Kelenna Azibuike is coming off of knee surgery addressing Patellar Tendinitis. The injury focuses on the inflammation or tearing of a tendon which causes the inability to walk or put pressure on your knees for a certain amount of time. This is a red flag going up for some people and unfortunately Azubuike's performance next year is an slight question mark. He can all around shoot the ball and has nice D on the other end as well. Jason Richardson has an electric style of play. He's an well respected high flyer and is the solid SG that nor Azibuike or Chandler is and that is why I give Richardson the edge.



                                                            Grant Hill VS Danilo Gallinari



Grant Hill is an very devoted player to his team and teammates. He's an well rounded player but doesn't excel in one specific skill. He is up there and age which makes him very seasoned and smart on the court. Gallinari on the other hand is an young rising talent. He has amazing range and a very high ceiling for improvement. He gets better every year which Grant Hill cannot being that he is reaching retirement. I give the edge to Gallinari hands down.



                                               Amare Stoudemire VS Amare Stoudemire



Amar'e Stoudemire had a great run with the Phoenix Suns, most recent that of last year going down in the Western Conference Finals at the hands of the NBA Champs Los Angeles Lakers. He got to play with Steve Nash and Jason Richardson but who else really? Here in New York Amar'e won't have a Nash or a Richardson to play along side bt he will have a Felton, a Gallinari, a Randolph, a Turiaf etc. We have better pieces on our team for him to play with then the Suns did last year and for that reason I believe he will be better here then he was there. New York Amar'e gets the edge.



                                                         Ronny Turiaf VS Robin Lopez



Intimidation describes Ronny Turiaf beautifully. Although he may be off his rocker at times he is still a massive force that demands respect,  blocks shots and finishes with power. Robin Lopez on the other hand is a caveman. He looks like one, he sounds like one but fortunately for him he doesn't play like one. He is an decent center, but if I compared him to our big man he wouldn't have an advantage on any of them, not even a healthy Eddy Curry. I like the guy but  Amar'e and the Suns made it deep into the playoffs with this guy at Center. We can definitely do better. I give the edge to Ronny Turiaf and all our other bigs.


If you look at the roster, the Suns aren't incredibly stacked. They had Nash and Stoudemire to lead there team into victory. They based their success on the same offensive style that Coach D'antoni created. Suns Coach Alvin Gentry was positioned as Asst. Coach during Mike D'antoni's run with the Suns. This is where Gentry learned the style and brought it back to Phoenix after Terry Porter's department. They play like we do but did it better due to better players. There is only one significant position they have that we don't and of course it is an solid 2 guard, but we have pieces that can fill in and contribute i.e. Kelenna Azibuike, Wilson Chandler, Bill Walker or even Andy Rautins. They also meshed on the court and had great chemistry and we will need that type of chemistry as well to be successful. Though it remains to be seen if we will share a great bond on the court, I feel that Stoudemire is ready to be a leader and will not let this team fall apart. I know the Suns haven't won a championship with Amar'e and Nash but for us to go from being one of the worst teams in the decade to being as good as the Suns were after one offseason is a major improvement. That decade is over and the upcoming season is the start of a new one. Lead the Knicks to war Amare.


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