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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: New York Knicks

Posted by Neil Paine on October 19, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

New York Knicks

Coach: Mike D'Antoni

2010 Summary:
Record: 29-53, Finished 3rd in NBA Atlantic Division
Pythagorean W-L: 31-51 (23rd of 30)
SRS: -4.00 (24th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 94.0 (8th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 107.6 (17th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 111.6 (27th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Raymond Felton 26 13.5 3.8 6.2 1.5 0.3 2.4 0.441 0.8 0.342 0.786
PG Toney Douglas 24 16.1 4.0 3.7 1.4 0.2 1.8 0.466 2.1 0.394 0.804
SG Kelenna Azubuike 27 16.2 6.0 1.8 0.9 0.8 1.4 0.473 1.4 0.416 0.775
SG Roger Mason 30 13.1 3.8 2.9 0.7 0.3 1.5 0.410 2.2 0.372 0.844
SG Andy Rautins 23
SF Danilo Gallinari 22 16.3 5.4 1.9 1.0 0.7 1.4 0.438 2.4 0.396 0.828
SF Wilson Chandler 23 15.7 5.7 2.3 0.8 0.9 1.7 0.471 0.9 0.309 0.801
SF Bill Walker 23 15.6 4.6 2.2 1.1 0.3 1.6 0.527 1.9 0.432 0.780
SF Landry Fields 22
SF Patrick Ewing Jr. 26
PF Amare Stoudemire 28 23.3 8.9 1.4 0.7 1.2 2.7 0.554 0.1 0.295 0.787
PF Anthony Randolph 21 17.6 10.6 2.0 1.4 2.3 2.3 0.466 0.1 0.292 0.781
C Ronny Turiaf 28 10.1 7.6 3.5 0.8 2.7 1.8 0.521 0.1 0.296 0.650
C Timofey Mozgov 24
C Eddy Curry 28 16.7 6.6 1.5 0.5 0.7 3.3 0.499 0.3 0.361 0.638

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Mike Kurylo, knickerblogger.net

If you count Eddy Curry, there are only five Knicks returning from the previous season, which means this is largely a brand-new team. One characteristic of D'Antoni's coaching is poor rebounding, and this year New York should finish at the bottom in this respect (when adjusting for pace). The front court of Ronny Turiaf, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Danilo Gallinari are all hyalophobics, which will give the opposition lots of second chances.

On the other hand, the team should see a marked improvement with regards to blocked shots. Last year only three Knicks averaged more than a block per 36 minutes, and two of them (Bender and Hill) didn't even manage 300 minutes for the team. Newcomers Anthony Randolph and Turiaf topped 2.5 blk/36 each, while Amar'e Stoudemire (1.1 blk/36) actually provides an upgrade over David Lee (0.5 blk/36).

Finally, New York should reap the reward of upside, as they have nine players with three or less years of NBA experience. Any one of these players could take a step forward in their development and provide the team with some extra production.

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