|1-2 this week with the obligatory hey, maybe this team isn’t so bad and might be turning things around game against Denver before turning back into a bad Knicks team again. Will this be the last power rankings with this roster? The next one will be written the day before the trade deadline so it’s possible that there will be some new faces on this list by next week.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Jeremy Tyler||He hasn’t played a ton of minutes, but he did sport a +30 this week and had a double double against Denver. Jeremy was also the only Knick to play well in all 3 games this week.||6|
|2||Anthony, Carmelo||The list of Knicks who look like they are still actually trying is down to about 3 and one of them is Melo. He couldn’t hit shots against Portland or OKC and his free throw attempts are way down, but it must be hard to keep any sort of consistency when literally every person you played with last year is playing much worse this year.||1|
|3||Chandler, Tyson||Tyson looks like he’s one more blowout loss away from open revolt. He now appears to scowl at his teammates when they switch for no reason instead of helping them, but I’d still rather have him on the court than half of these jokers.||3|
|4||Prigioni, Pablo||I almost thought Woodson came to his senses when Pablo played 8 more minutes than Felton against Portland and clearly outplayed him. The very next game the teams best point guard took a back seat to arguably the league worst starting point guard because Woodson.||4|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Amare gets this high because he’s been super efficient on offense. The Knicks still lose when he plays, they are 12-27 when he does and 8-4 when he doesn’t. It doesn’t matter though because if he’s healthy enough to play he’s going to so at least he’s scoring when he is out there. Continue reading|
Marc, Jay and stats guy talk about the four games since the last show, an is Melo leaving debate followed by a discussion of what life will be like post-melo, much more
Written by William Lee
The Super Bowl is over, and basketball season is over half way over. This is the time where causal fans move over from football to basketball. Listening to a recent appearance from Mike Breen on The Michael Kay Show, where “Mike Breen says at this point the Knicks just need wins at this point and it doesn’t matter how they come.” And that the Knicks need to continue to improve throughout the season, I completely agree with this sentiment, and decided to take a look at New York’s schedule, and predict what could happen. Below there is a breakdown, having an optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic outlook on the remainder of the season.
The Knicks currently stand 10th in the Eastern Conference standings with a 19-29 record. Now the Eastern Conference is atrocious, and the Charlotte Bobcats stand as the 8th seed with a 21-28 record. The Brooklyn Nets currently hold a 21-25 record, now ideally the Knicks would want to avoid the 7th or 8th seed, because that would mean they would either have to face the Indiana Pacers, or the Miami Heat in the First Round of the Playoffs.
Looking back last season, 2012-2013, the 7th and 8th seed did not have more than 41 wins. Sixth seed was a 44-38 Atlanta Hawks, so to avoid a most definite First Round exit, New York will need to somehow get above .500. To get even at 41-41 the Knicks will need to go 22-12 the rest of the way…which seems a little far-fetched…Now in 2011-2012 all teams were over .500, but this was in a strike shortened season. In 2010-2011 the sixth seed was actually the Knicks with 42-40, so just looking back a few years back, getting the sixth seed is a must to be over .500.
Without further a due here is the breakdown.
|New York vs. Portland||2/5/14||8:00 PM||L/ L/ L||Highest scoring team in the league at 108 per, we will not be able to stop them Continue reading|
|A 2-2 week. Doesn’t seem to bad right? Well the two wins were against some of the worst teams in the league and one of the losses was against literally the worst team in the league. I really don’t understand this team at all right now, you never know what team will show up from night to night and unlike last year no game on the schedule is a definite win.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Two weeks in a row at #1. No one else on this team seems capable of stringing together more than 2 games of good play so this is Melos spot to lose. His rebounding has taken a slight dip but considering how bad everyone else has been I can’t complain too much. You have to wonder if Carmelo wants to stick around after this season considering the players around him. Is the Knicks pitch to Melo going to be “hey this offseason we are confident we will be able to add the pieces necessary to beat the Bucks.”||1|
|2||Smith, J.R.||Yes, the guy who spent the most weeks at the #15 spot is now in the #2 spot. That’s what this season has come to. He had one bad game, but looked surprisingly good in the other 3. My theory: It’s too cold out to go to the clubs. He’ll revert back to terrible, hungover JR around mid/late March, just in time for the playoffs.||6|
|3||Chandler, Tyson||Never mind what said about Tyson looking like the old Tyson. He looks like Tyson but old. Seeing him get manhandled by Zaza Pachulia was depressing. Still he played alright which is better than 12 other players on this team.||2|
|4||Prigioni, Pablo||Pablo needs to be more aggressive. He can’t go a game without a shot an another with only 1 assist. Deficiencies aside he’s still the Knicks best point guard.||3|
|5||Hardaway Jr., Tim||3 great shooting nights before that stinker in Milwaukee. Still, he has to get better on defense, THJ posted a +/- of -19 against the Heat despite being productive on offense. Continue reading|
Cole Adrich – C
Carmelo Anthony – A-
Andrea Bargnani – C-
Tyson Chandler – C
Raymond Felton – D
Tim Hardaway Jr. – B+
Kenyon Martin – B+
Toure Murry – A- Continue reading
Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, The Knicks roster midseason grades, Jays beard theory, listener questions