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Ranking the 2012-13 Roster Against Each NY Knicks Team of the Past Decade

Ciaran GowanContributor IIIDecember 7, 2016

Ranking the 2012-13 Roster Against Each NY Knicks Team of the Past Decade

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    Besides the past few years, the last decade of New York Knicks basketball has been tough to watch for the team's diehard fans.

    Only three playoff appearances have come for the Knicks since 2003, with front-office ineptitude to thank for much of their struggles.

    Upon the arrival of Amar'e Stoudemire in the summer of 2010, there was renewed hope that one of the NBA's original franchises could return to its former glory.

    Since acquiring STAT, expectations haven't quite been met just yet, but after some stout offseason moves, Knicks fans have reason to be excited about the 2012-13 team.

    The revamped roster is clearly talented, but where exactly does it rank with the other opening day rosters of the last 10 seasons?

10. 2005-06: Highest Payroll, Worst Record

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    Head Coach: Larry Brown

    Key Players: Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, Eddy Curry, Channing Frye

    Isiah Thomas built a reputation for himself as one of the worst executives in NBA history during his time with the Knicks, and it's seasons like this that sealed his fate.

    Somehow, Thomas managed to compile the most expensive team in the league, with big money going to the unworthy likes of Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry.

    Not a single player lived up to the value of their contract, and no one managed to average more than 16 points, six assists or six rebounds.

    The Knicks were rewarded for their spending with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, as they finished with only 23 wins. Only the Portland Trail Blazers managed to win fewer games.

    Even the hiring of recent NBA Champion Larry Brown as head coach couldn't save the Knicks, as he was fired after the season, having been made the highest-paid coach in league history only months earlier.

9. 2007-08: Isiah's Last Stand

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    Head Coach: Isiah Thomas

    Key Players: Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson

    Despite having demanded (and not received) better performance the season before, James Dolan still re-signed Isiah Thomas to a multi-year deal ahead of the 2007-08 season.

    As ever, the move blew up in Dolan's face, and he ended up having to let go of his good friend following yet another dismal 23-win season.

    The Knicks' roster actually had some pretty good talent with Zach Randolph, Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford playing well, and with Eddy Curry posting relatively respectable numbers for his standards, but it wasn't to be.

    There was simply no chemistry, and due to attitude problems (see Stephon Marbury), the team found it hard to gel. This wasn't going to be a playoff team by any means, but still, 35 wins shouldn't have been too hard to come by for this roster.

8. 2004-05: Starbury Takes over

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    Head Coach: Lenny Wilkens

    Key Players: Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, Allan Houston, Kurt Thomas

    Having pulled off a big trade to bring him back to his hometown halfway through the last season, 2004-05 was supposed to be the year that Stephon Marbury helped revive a struggling Knicks team.

    Starbury had what turned out to be his best season with the team, averaging 22 points and eight assists per game to go along with Jamal Crawford's 18 and four.

    With Allan Houston in tow too, the Knicks' backcourt was pretty stacked, but by this point in his career age had caught up with the sharpshooter. He ended up playing in only 20 games.

    What the Knicks really lacked was any sort of presence in the paint, as they relied on Kurt Thomas, Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed to do the majority of the work down low.

    As a result, the rest of the roster didn't allow the Knicks to capitalize on Marbury's success, and it all went downhill from there.

7. 2008-09: Introducing Gallo

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    Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Key Players: David Lee, Chris Duhon, Danilo Gallinari

    The Knicks' opening day roster in 2008 looked a lot different than it did come the end of the season, as new president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh laid down his plan to get the franchise out of the mess it was in.

    Key players Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford were shipped out midseason, and Stephon Marbury was waived, having been told he had no role with the team.

    Though it ended up in typical losing fashion, there were some bright spots on this roster. David Lee started to look like a star, Al Harrington was pretty productive once he arrived, and Knicks fans got a small glimpse of what was to come with 2008 first-round pick Danilo Gallinari.

    The play of Nate Robinson also provided some entertainment, but on the whole, the roster wasn't very deep, as the philosophy was more about cutting costs for the future than anything else.

6. 2006-07: The Emergence of David Lee

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    Head Coach: Isiah Thomas

    Key Players: Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford, Stephon Marbury

    A typically poor performance in the draft meant that the Knicks' roster didn't improve as much as it could have ahead of the 2006-07 season, with the primary new additions being Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins.

    Neither player gave the Knicks more than five points per game, and outside of Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury, there wasn't much to see on the whole roster.

    One player who did impress was David Lee, who slowly emerged as the starting power forward and a future star.

    Lee only averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds on the season, but he also managed to win the Rookie Challenge MVP during the All-Star break and turn some heads during the regular season with his double-overtime winner over the Charlotte Bobcats.

5. 2009-10: Waiting for Free Agency

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    Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Key Players: David Lee, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Al Harrington

    Donnie Walsh took the Knicks into phase two of his master plan in 2009-10, but with some good young talent coming through, the roster wasn't actually that bad.

    The Knicks couldn't crack 30 wins, but the play of both Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari was definitely encouraging.

    Not many players were set to stay with the team long-term, but fans saw solid play from veterans David Lee, Al Harrington, Tracy McGrady and even rookie Toney Douglas once Nate Robinson was shipped to Boston

4. 2003-04: Playoff Basketball

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    Head Coach: Don Chaney

    Key Players: Allan Houston, Kurt Thomas, Keith Van Horn, Dikembe Mutombo

    The Knicks had only one playoff appearance in the Isiah Thomas era, and it came right at the start in the 2003-04 season.

    An aging roster took the team to the postseason despite a losing record, with Allan Houston leading the way in his penultimate season with the team.

    Understanding the need to get younger and go in a new direction, the Knicks made the move to bring in Stephon Marbury and fire Don Chaney as head coach halfway through the season.

3. 2011-12: The Big Three

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    Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Key Players: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Baron Davis

    With the arrival of Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony playing his first full season with the team, the 2011-12 New York Knicks appeared to be one of the East's elite in preseason.

    Now that we've had the benefit of a little hindsight, the flaws of the roster, and the reasons they weren't so good, are plain to see.

    The point guard position was of great importance in bringing STAT and Melo together, but the Knicks entrusted young Toney Douglas with that role having let go of Chauncey Billups.

    Injuries also hurt key players Amar'e Stoudemire and Baron Davis, as the effects of the lockout took their toll on the team.

    A few key players in Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak and J.R. Smith emerged midseason, but chemistry was hard to come by with players in and out of the lineup due to health.

2. 2010-11: The Knicks Are Back

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    Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Key Players: Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler

    On paper, the 2010-11 Knicks were a lot less talented than the 2011-12 Knicks, but it worked.

    Built around the play of Amar'e Stoudemire—who proclaimed that the Knicks were back upon his arrival in NYC—Mike D'Antoni finally had a roster suited to his style of play.

    Raymond Felton was as good a partner for STAT as there was available outside of Steve Nash and almost made the All-Star game as a result.

    The supporting cast of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Ronny Turiaf and Landry Fields was an underrated bunch, but they combined together to make a fantastic offense.

    There was next to no defense, but the Knicks did enough on the offensive end of the floor to earn their first playoff berth since 2004.

    In trading for Carmelo Anthony in February, the Knicks gave away most of the players that had worked so well with Stoudemire. To close out the season, chemistry issues ensued as Coach D'Antoni's system just wouldn't work with Melo.

1. 2012-13: Veteran Reinforcements

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    Head Coach: Mike Woodson

    Key Players: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith

    Much has been made of the Knicks' chemistry issues since acquiring Carmelo Anthony, but this offseason they've tweaked the roster to help fix things.

    The Knicks now have three pass-first point guards in Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni and the returning Raymond Felton, so if this doesn't do the trick then nothing will.

    Defense is no longer an issue, and in fact, the Knicks should be one of the absolute best defensive teams in the league with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler anchoring a tough unit.

    This team is the oldest in NBA history, but they are deep, and they've built a supporting cast around their big three that, on paper, is perfectly suited to what they need to succeed.

    So far in training camp, injuries have been an issue, and this could be their fatal flaw. With a little bit of luck, though, the team will stay healthy and make good on the most talented group of players they've had in a decade.

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