The New York Knicks will make the playoffs this year.
That's not an outlandish claim, nor is it something that would astonish fans. This is a superstar-laden roster with talented role players and veteran depth. Although the Knicks struck out in the Steve Nash sweepstakes, the team improved over the offseason and seems primed to make a push towards establishing itself as an elite contender in the Eastern Conference.
The last two seasons have represented a transitional period in New York. In 2010-2011, the Carmelo Anthony trade blew up a talented roster and established Melo and Amar'e Stoudemire as the foundation for the future. Last season, we saw Mike D'Antoni resign after a disastrous beginning to the lockout shortened season. Mike Woodson took over and brought the team to the playoffs.
However, the 2012-2013 campaign is supposed to be the year that everything comes together in New York. The Knicks' run of mediocrity and disappointment has to end. With that, fans should finally get back to enjoying some exciting, quality basketball in The World's Most Famous Arena.
Let's take a look at four specific reasons why the Knicks will make the playoffs next season, and possibly even make a push deep into the postseason.