Before the season, the primary argument involving the New York Knicks was if they were the best team in their city. With a quarter-season of play in the books, focus has shifted to a much larger debate: Are the Knicks the class of the Eastern Conference?
Statistically speaking, they are. The Knicks are holding down the top spot in the East at 18-6, a game ahead of the 16-6 Miami Heat.
But whether the Knickerbockers can sustain their early-season dominance is another question, primarily due to their age. With Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert returning as reinforcements in the coming weeks, there's no reason to believe the Knicks will fade from the race any time soon.
Let's run through some more evidence that the Knicks will be competing for an NBA Finals appearance this spring.
All stats accurate entering play on Dec. 19.