With the Heat and Thunder set to square off in the final round of the playoffs, every eye in the league is on their two organizations. The New York Knicks have something to learn from the success these teams have achieved this season, as well as during the playoffs.
The Knicks finished the year as a No. 7 and lost to Miami in the first round of the playoffs. They were significantly outplayed in the five-game series and need to make some adjustments in order to have any success going forward.
This Knicks team actually bares a striking resemblance to the Miami Heat, but with one huge missing piece. Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks, LeBron James-type player and Amar'e Stoudemire can be compared to Chris Bosh. But, there is nobody nearly as talented as Dwyane Wade in the shooting guard position. Last season, the Knicks looked for that guy to be J.R. Smith. As well as Smith played, he is no comparison to Dwyane Wade.
The Knicks have a different version of, "The Big Three," and with two of the three being big men, their game is going to have to be different from Miami's. In a perfect world, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler would be a frontcourt similar to the championship Spurs teams that featured Tim Duncan and David Robinson down low.
Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out like that for the Knicks and they will have to take their cues from somewhere else. Where to look? Well, many lessons can be learned from the two teams in this year's finals.