EASTERN CONFERENCE – ATLANTIC
NEW YORK KNICKS
Last Season: 42-40, 2nd in Division, 6th overall in East, Lost to Boston in 1st Round
Key Losses: Chauncey Billups, Derrick Brown, Anthony Carter, Roger Mason JR, Shawne Williams, Sheldon Williams, Andy Rautins, Ronny Turiaf
Key Additions: Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Baron Davis, Jared Jeffries (resigned), Iman Shumpert (draft), Josh Harrelson (draft), Jerome Jordan (draft)
Main Rotation: Starters – Baron Davis, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler; Key Reserves – Tony Douglas, Mike Bibby, Jared Jeffries, Renaldo Balkman, Jerome Jordan
With the addition of Chandler to the mix, the Knicks now have the best frontcourt in the NBA without a doubt. Without Chandler, this team is pathetic on defense. Carmelo and Amare are nowhere near defensive stoppers so it was important for the Knicks to bring in a defensive presence. Although, the Knick’s backcourt, especially at point, is fairly weak. If only they were able to keep Billups while adding Chandler, the Knicks would have the best starting five in the league.