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2013 New York Knicks

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New York Knicks (Last Year: 54-28)

2012-13 Season Summary:
The New York Knicks finished with their best record in 16 years. Unfortunately, that success didn't carry into the playoffs where the Knicks were bounced in the second round by the Pacers.

There remains mixed reviews on the Knicks supposed "Big Three." Carmelo Anthony led the NBA in scoring while Tyson Chandler controlled the paint, but Amar'e Stoudemire remains an eyesore for the franchise. He once again battled injury and spent more time in a suit than an actual uniform on the bench. That put extra pressure for Anthony to rise to the occasion, which he did more often than not this season, though he still was very much a volume shooter.

With Stoudemire banged up, somebody needed to step up and take some of the scoring load off Anthony and that fell to J.R. Smith. He won the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award posting career numbers in points and rebounds. Last offseason's acquisition of point guards Raymond Felton proved to be a vital part of New York's success, and Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni also added value to the backcourt.

The rest of the roster was very up and down. Chris Copeland came out of nowhere to be one of the surprises of the NBA season. Iman Shumpert missed about half of the year due to injury and never quite hit stride. Veteran big men Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, and Rasheed Wallace couldn't get the job done, so the Knicks turned to Kenyon Martin who was solid down the stretch and in the postseason. Steve Novak caught fire from three every once in awhile but didn't do much else.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Tyson Chandler

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire/Andrea Bargnani

SF: Carmelo Anthony

SG: Iman Shumpert/Tim Hardaway Jr.

PG: Raymond Felton/Pablo Prigioni

NBA Offseason Transactions:

The Knicks acquire PF-Andrea Bargnani from the Raptors for C-Marcus Camby, SF-Steve Novak, a 2016 first-round pick, a 2014 second-round pick (via the Thunder) and a 2017 second-round pick.

NBA Free Agents:

SG-J.R. Smith (UFA)

PF-Kenyon Martin (UFA)

SF-Chris Copeland (UFA)

SG-James White (UFA)

SF-Quentin Richardson (UFA)

C-Earl Barron (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $71.4 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. What's J.R. Worth?: Smith will certainly opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks since it would only pay him a measly $2.9 million next season. Coming off his NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, Smith is due a hefty pay raise but can the team afford to keep him? He is a perfect fit in New York as the sixth man, but will probably be in line for a near $10-million-per-year deal. Several questions pop up: Can the Knicks afford to keep him when they are already so far over the cap? Will Smith be happy as a sixth man in New York or seek a starting spot elsewhere?

2. Point Guard: Jason Kidd's retirement opens up some minutes at the point guard position especially since Mike Woodson used a lot of Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the same backcourt. New York should be looking in free agency for another affordable point guard to add depth at the one or possible draft a younger point guard who can add some play-making ability.

3. Bargain Shopping: With only their mid-level exception and league minimums contracts available to use this offseason, the Knicks need to land some veteran, role-player free agents looking to join a contender in hopes of having a shot at winning a ring. Adding guys like Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin were key pickups last season, and the team needs to find more of the same this summer without having to open up the checkbook too wide.

4. Don't Count on Amar'e: At this point, the Knicks simply cannot count on Amar'e Stoudemire to be a productive player. His injury issues have derailed his career and suddenly with two years at more than $45 million, he has perhaps the worst contract in the NBA. Anything Stoudemire provides from here on out these next two seasons will be considered a bonus, so New York needs to find some more talent at power forward in preparation for Stoudemire's inevitable relapse injury.

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Iphink 01-02-2014 05:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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I know you are entitled to your own ooipinn, but? anybody who bets against the Heat is a retard. And your ooipinn sucks ass! Great freaking BBQ in Oklahoma though, other than that stick to football.(friendly trash talk don't get your tampon in a bunch)
Muhammet 01-02-2014 05:05 am (total posts: 1)
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woww stupid ppl keep sianyg westbrook´╗┐ and durant will BOTH score 40 plus again yeah only and maybe if they get a double or triple overtime. but not in simply 4 quartrs
ugga booga from congo republic africa now in charleston south carolina 07-12-2013 12:08 am (total posts: 1)
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i can dunk from the NBA 3 point line and i'm only 6'3 and i'm 16 years old.

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Pelicans fan 05-30-2013 09:43 am (total posts: 1)
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If the Knicks want to unload Amare good here's a trade to execute:
J.Smith(or)A.Horford & K.Korver
A.Stoudemire & R.Felton

Essentially it would probably be J Smoove who'd be traded.This would benefit both teams.Stoudmire would get out of his bad for him situation and J Smoove is a better fit for the Carmelo Knicks than Stoudemire is because he is a better defender than Stod(but Stod has a no doubt better J-Shot).also Felton can come off of this PG by committee bench of Atlanta and Korver improves 3 point shooting for a team that lives and dies by the 3.then again I'm a pelicans fan what do I know?
mike Ross 06-09-2012 12:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Sign Lamar Odom to vet minimum
Trade Fields to GSW for pick#30
Pick #30 Doron Lamb or Marquis Teague
Sign Goran Dragic
Sign Mikael Pietrus
Dragic & Pietrus share MLE
LouisOrr 06-07-2012 12:47 am (total posts: 1)
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LouisOrr says no to Iverson.
Jay 06-06-2012 12:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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I keep Lin, Novak, & Jefferies. There are rumors about Lamar Odom wanting to play for the Knicks. If that's true I let Fields walk to sign Odom. I'm torn on Smith. He shoots too much but he provides a much needed spark off the bench.
brian h 05-02-2012 02:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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shumpert still meh?
Radio Rah 10-27-2011 11:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Marcell Ferdinand 06-28-2011 09:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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sign Allen Iverson!
bj 06-28-2011 10:28 am (total posts: 1)
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I actually think the Shumpert trade is a high risk/high reward type pick. The Knicks need more quality players to compete. Shumpert fits a number of needs. Something ppl forget is that even tho Shumpert does dominate the ball, melo and billups are good shooters. Billups is older and can't create as well as he used to but can still be an effective shooter. Iman could take pressure off of melo and amare to create everything. Plus, he doesn't have to immediately come in and start b/c he can play more of a lamar odom role as a sixth man ball dominator even tho his game resembles more of a younger wade/tyreke evans.

Josh Harrellson was a gamble (but all 2nd rounders are) but we all know the knicks need frontcourt depth. If he can prove to be a tough, rebounding, backup center then this turns out to be a nice pick.
nycsportzfan 06-25-2011 06:42 am (total posts: 2)
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Didn't WALT have PHONEiX taking Shumpert at like 13th overall in his last mock draft? How did the knicks reach for Iman, exactly?
nycsportzfan 06-25-2011 06:37 am (total posts: 2)
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mprofetta- don't worry man, WALT just goes on what everyone else thinks, regardless of every single season of every single yr, guys picked later being better then guys going before em, and guys in later rounds continuing to do what they did in college, making u wonder how they went so late to begin with..etc Shumpert can flat out ball,to say offnesively he is bad, is just stupid, he was ga techs offense, the guy finishes fantastically, he has a sweet looking jumper , despite having some off games, the shot its self looks great, he avg'd almost 3steals per game, and he can dish.. THis kids a basketball player all day long, and just so happens to play insane defense... His offense is ridiculously underrated because of his 3pt shooting pct...
mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:55 am (total posts: 1)
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The Knicks need athleticism and defense. Shumpert provides athleticism and defense. If that's "meh", I'll take "meh" all day. Landry Fields was "meh", too.
nycsportzfan 06-24-2011 06:07 am (total posts: 2)
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people say typical horrible knicks Ya, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, and Landry Fields were so bad, shoot i'll even throw nate robinson in there, he wasen't bad either.. Its a hit and miss proscess, and they've hit as well as missed..

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