The New York Knicks' rise from offseason unknown to legitimate title contender has been a true team effort.
Coming off a first-round playoff exit, the Knicks entered the offseason with more questions than answers.
The team improved under Mike Woodson, but would that carry over to 2012-13? Would he find a way to make Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire coexist on the court? Would James Dolan and company rue the decision to let Jeremy Lin go to the Houston Rockets?
As of Dec. 28, two months into the season, the Knicks have a 21-8 record and are among the most dominant teams in the league. It's no surprise that Melo is scoring like mad, but recent injuries to Anthony and Raymond Felton have showcased the less likely reasons behind the strong start.