The New York Knicks secured a winning season and the No. 7 seed in the East in 2011.
A major key to that success—at least in the early goings—was the point guard play of Jeremy Lin. He brought stability to the Knicks when Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire missed action at various times.
He provided one of those rare sparks that inspire a fundamental change in the team’s identity, a change absolutely for the better. A more quantifiable aspect of that spark were high assists and high point totals, highlighted by a streak of seven-straight Knicks victories in February.
Now that the Knicks allowed him to sign with the Houston Rockets, the focus returns to Stoudemire and Melo as the team’s primary stars.
They, along with a shift in the Eastern power structure, are some of the notable factors playing into a successful campaign this year.
So, let’s not delay any further and identify the four keys for a New York Knicks’ winning season in 2012-13.