To say the New York Knicks' 2011-2012 season was turbulent would be a colossal understatement. Billed as a potential championship contender with the acquisition of Tyson Chandler, the team persevered through a rash of injuries to their key players and the dismissal of Mike D'Antoni to make the postseason for the second consecutive year.
Along the way, the team saw the unexpected emergence of Iman Shumpert, Steve Novak and of course Jeremy Lin, and morphed into a dangerous defensive unit under the tutelage of Chandler and Mike Woodson.
Still, the Knicks' fan base will not be happy with another season that culminates in barely clinching the seventh or eighth seed. The talent this club possesses is undeniable, and this New York team is certainly capable of taking the leap to join the elite upper-echelon teams of the Eastern Conference.
Despite a disappointing 4-1 first round loss to the Miami Heat, there is plenty of reason for optimism in the mecca of basketball. The team has their coach of the future in Woodson, a star-laden frontcourt and a number of veterans who know what it takes to win high-stakes basketball games.
Without further ado, here are seven reasons to expect a better New York Knicks team than the one that walked off the court last June in South Beach.