The Knicks actually play the Nets twice at home before the All-Star break on February 4th and 20th.
Right now, I know your thinking, the Nets?!?!
The Nets traded their draft pick to the Celtics for Marshon Brooks, who was selected 25th overall out of Providence. Now starting, he is averaging 14.4 points and four rebounds a game, with an outstanding player efficiency rating (PER) of 21.76, which is 26th in the league as of now.
His ranking is better than Rajon Rondo (28th), Dwayne Wade (30th), Chris Paul (32th) and Steve Nash (36th), all proven super stars. Right now, Brooks is in the top three for Rookie of the Year, but a rookie on the Knicks is also up there as well.
The Knicks drafted Iman Shumpert, who also took over the starting role this season out of Georgia Tech. Though he has only played in five games, Shumpert is averaging 13.2 points, 3.6 assists and 4 rebounds per game. His PER is understandably lower than Brooks because of the Knicks "Big Three."
Many Tri-State area fans are trying to figure out, who is the better guard, better yet, who has the more likely chance to become the Rookie of the Year?
These two games will provide us with excitement from each of these two young guards and will really prove which rookie is better.
Although the Knicks will probably win both of these games, it's safe to say, all Knicks and Nets fans will be watching.