The New York Knicks actually owned a +3.1-point differential last season, as they allowed just 94.7 points per game—good enough for 11th in the NBA. That being said, several players will have to step it up on defense this season if the Knicks hope to advance through the ranks of the Eastern Conference.
Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year last season in the NBA, and for good reason. He was a dominating presence under the boards all season long. All signs point to him playing similarly on defense this upcoming season, but one man won't be enough.
The Knicks will need everyone on the roster to make more of a conscious effort on defense. With the offensive potential that they possess, the Knicks will simply need to play enough defense to keep their team in the lead.
Even though they were ranked 11th in the NBA last season, it still wasn't enough to keep them from being knocked out of the first round of the postseason.
If certain players step it up defensively, there's reason to believe that the Knicks will become a more complete team.