With so much hoopla over the Knicks' last three big-money acquisitions, who would have thought that the key ingredient would come in the form of an undrafted point guard from Harvard University? To make matters more interesting, the Knicks are paying Jeremy Lin a bare minimum and he then goes out and is up atop the all-time rookie record for points scored in a player's first 10 career starts.
Lucky for Coach D'Antoni that Lin's success came in the nick of time as his job was sure to be in jeopardy after such a horrid start. What's worse is that the local media was turning on Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and all the skills he was bringing to the table while they were losing. In essence, Carmelo was suddenly doing too much while they lost.
They must have forgotten how Carmelo played for Syracuse in the NCAA and in the Olympics when he was not the focal point of the offense and had to use his passing abilities to play a more team-oriented game. Most people should know that without an true orchestrator, the band cannot play good music.
Recently, Jim Boeheim and Steven Smith (said on ESPN)—amongst others—agreed that the claim Carmelo would struggle with Lin upon his Anthony's return was ridiculous. Carmelo said he can play with anybody.
While the Knicks have improved on the defensive end and moved up to the middle of the pack in the league's rankings, their once-potent offense has taken a hit and fallen down to the middle of the pack amongst those same teams. Their recent surge in offense offers hope that as the team they seem to be gelling a bit and scoring with more proficiency.
Let's look into how each player on the Knicks roster has fared so for this year and the grade they have received during the process.