What Last Year's Player Grades Tell Us About Returning New York Knicks

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What Last Year's Player Grades Tell Us About Returning New York Knicks
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Amar'e Stoudemire (left) and Carmelo Anthony

In order to get a sense of what the New York Knicks will be in 2012-13, we have to go back and look at who is left over from last season's squad.

The good news for New York is that the Knicks come into this season with some continuity. Though only six Knicks return from the 2011-12 campaign, that includes four starters and the two leading bench scorers. Considering the concerted effort to strengthen the Knicks' bench this offseason, it's good that there is already big-minute talent in place.

On the other hand, the returning Knicks did play some dysfunctional ball together. These carryovers have had well-documented issues sharing the ball and expending effort on the defensive end. Hopefully the new personnel will help solve those problems, but it is not a given.

Let's look back at how the returning Knicks fared last season in order to predict how they'll play in 2012-13.

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