The 2012-13 NBA season starts next week, and it's expected to be a good one for the New York Knicks. The team completely retooled its roster during the offseason and is returning to a defensive style, one in which it went 18-6 last season under new coach Mike Woodson. Led by Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, not to mention an extremely deep second unit, there is no indication to suggest that Knicks fans won't be disappointed by season's end.
However, the Knicks are far from the best team in the league. As good as the team looks this year, it is a far cry from the defending champion Miami Heat, let alone the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that won 72 games. No matter how much hype surrounds the team, Woodson and his players are going to have to work hard throughout a full 82-game season and not take one single game off.
Still, taking into account player injuries, the occasional slump and hot streak, Knicks fans need not worry. With the talent they have, they will finish out the season as a playoff team, and not one expected to exit in the first round.