New York Knicks Are Worse Than We Thought

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21:  Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks in action against the New Jersey Nets during their pre season game  at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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After the offseason signing of center Tyson Chandler and some other additions to what was already a pretty good New York Knicks team, many felt that the Knicks were on the verge of competing for an Eastern Conference Championship.

Maybe everyone was jumping the gun just a bit.

While two games played is a very small sample size, after watching the Knicks start out the season 1-1, maybe this team isn't as good as originally thought.

Without Carmelo Anthony's amazing fourth-quarter performance on Christmas Day, this would without a doubt be an 0-2 Knicks team.

The offense is very inconsistent. while the Knicks defense has come into question in the past, no one would think that the Knicks offense would have problems, and there is a major reason for it so far: guard play.

With Toney Douglas currently serving as the team's primary point guard, the Knicks lack the most important piece of Mike D'Antoni's offense, a playmaking point guard.

Until Baron Davis returns to action, if the guard play doesn't improve dramatically, the Knicks will have to rely on Anthony putting on a show.

With Douglas running the show, the Knicks offense has no flow to it and often looks out of sync. With the talent the Knicks have, they need to get the offense rolling and unfortunately for him, it's going to fall on the shoulders of Douglas to do so.

Defensively, Chandler hasn't had the impact through two games that Knicks fans probably would have hoped he would.

Currently, the Knicks are last in the NBA in rebounding and aren't getting stops on the defensive end, as teams are scoring 98 points per game on them.

There will be some growing pains with so many new parts, but looking at the current product on the floor, it could take some time to get things together.

Or, maybe this team isn't as good as we originally thought.