After a horrible start to the season, all of the hype entering the season for the New York Knicks was crushed. Thanks to a man named Jeremy Lin, that hype has been restored.
The Knicks are one of the most talked about teams in the NBA right now. New York has finally found its point guard, one who is good enough to take the Knicks to the promise land. So, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the rest of the season for New York.
Remember, these are bold predictions; so they may seem a little far-fetched.
There is only one man who is averaging 10 or more assists this season and that is Steve Nash, with 10.9 per game.
With the number of times Lin turns the ball over, though, he is going to have to make up for them in the assists department.
Lin averaged 8.1 assists per game in the month of February, and that included two games when he came off the bench.
Lin has proven to be a great player so far, and you can only imagine for him to improve as the season progresses.
For Carmelo Anthony, 25 points per game doesn't seem that high, but when you factor in Jeremy Lin taking some of his shots and Amar'e Stoudemire being another huge contributor for the team, this prediction may not seem all that plausible.
Anthony is already averaging 21.4 points per game, though, so he isn't that far off.
Whether people want to believe it or not, Anthony is still the main contributor in New York. He will be taking all of the game-winning shots, and that is just how it is going to be.
Before Linsanity started, so many people were complaining that the Knicks needed a point guard to be successful. Well, now they have that point guard, which is only going to help Anthony reach this prediction in the long run.
Before Lin flooded the New York scene, the Knicks were looking to Baron Davis to help put their offense together. Davis was, of course, injured for just about the entire first half of the season; but now he is back.
The only problem is Lin tried to save the Knicks before Davis could return, and he is doing a rather fine job.
Is it possible for Lin and Davis to coexist, though? I don't see why not. Davis and Derek Fisher did just fine together in Golden State.
Davis is still relatively young at 32; but a bad back is starting to play a toll on him.
Thanks to Linsanity, Davis no longer has to be New York's savior, so all of the pressure is off of him. Davis is still an amazing player, and he and Lin would make a great one-two punch for the Knicks.
The Knicks are seventh in the Eastern Conference at the moment, and they will have to go on quite the tear if they can actually finish in the top four. But it is still possible.
They may still have a losing record right now, but don't expect that to last. The only thing that separates them from achieving this is three games. That's right, the Knicks are only three games back of the fourth spot in the East.
Linsanity started on a seven-game winning streak. What makes you think that this can't happen again? Especially since the Knicks didn't have Anthony for any of those games.
New York may have played some so-so teams during that time. But since they have been back in the news, they have beaten the Lakers, Minnesota, Atlanta and Dallas. Those are four impressive wins no matter who you are.
This is by far the boldest pick of them all.
Will New York actually win a championship this year, though? It's not likely, but there is still a chance.
The Knicks have so much talent on their team, it is ridiculous. Before entering the season, New York had Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. Those three players alone should be able to win an NBA championship.
The only thing that New York was missing was a good point guard. Well, New York, you have your point guard now. Not only has Jeremy Lin emerged on this team, but the Knicks have also picked up J.R. Smith, who would be a great addition to any team.
The Knicks have seven guys that average in double figures in the points department. Their offense is stacked and their bench isn't too shabby either, with Smith, Steve Novak and Iman Shumpert.
Talent-wise, New York is good enough to compete for a championship, they just have to put it all together.
Not to mention, Chandler has helped to improve this team on defense tremendously.