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The excitement in the Prudential Center was through the roof when the New York Knicks stepped up to the podium with the No. 48 pick. Unfortunately, that didn't last long.
After the Knicks drafted Kostas Papanikolaou, the excitement quickly left the room. While fans wanted an immediate impact player, the Knicks were simply assuring that they'll have enough cash to pursue free agents like Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin.
The Knicks' success next year hinges squarely on the chemistry the Knicks are able to have amongst their starting rotation, and that hinges on which free agents they are able to sign.
If the Knicks can sign Jeremy Lin or Steve Nash, their potential next season will be high. Otherwise, they could be on the outside looking in come the 2013 playoffs. I expect a similar outcome of the Knicks' most recent playoff performance and exit.