The New York Knicks finished an up-and-down 2012-13 campaign holding a bag filled with a meek 4-2 Eastern Conference Semifinals loss to the Indiana Pacers and a whole bunch of questions heading into the offseason.
These questions all branch off a main one: Given their personnel and roster constraints, how can the New York Knicks recreate themselves into a legitimate title contender next season and beyond?
As it stands now, they are barely Eastern Conference Finals contenders.
The Pacers have proven they have the goods to knock off the Knicks again next year—and they will be improved and more confident.
Meanwhile, Derrick Rose will be back, which is not good at all for New York’s playoff position. With Rose, the Chicago Bulls grabbed the East’s No. 1 seed in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Without Rose, the Knicks went 0-4 against them.
The Miami Heat will still be the Miami Heat.
Right now, New York is good enough to win the Atlantic, lock up a top-half seed and again get through Round 1.
Without some offseason roster adjustments, anything past that is yet again a crapshoot.