The New York Knicks have ascended to the top of the Atlantic Division by playing as a cohesive unit. However, like every team, they have a pecking order. There is a top dog, followed by 14 other players of varying importance to the team.
A player's status varies over the course of the season. His importance to the team may wax or wane based upon injuries to himself or others and according to the style of play.
The pecking order is based on both what a player has done in the past and what he may do in the future. Experience and reputation go a long way toward determining a player's status on a team. Expectations based upon talent and salary affect a player's status as well.
However, ultimately, the guys who do the most to help the team win games earn the most respect in the locker room.