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Biggest Adjustments NY Knicks Must Make to Transform into Title Contender
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
X's and O's with Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony

What adjustments do the New York Knicks need to make to transform their 2013-14 roster from a group of postseason early-outs into true title contenders?

The acquisition of a wish-list superstar would instantly do the trick, but the key word there is “wish,” as in: not going to happen.

It’s all got to come from within—and with the help of a handful of sub-$2 million free agents.

Carmelo Anthony must keep up the scoring pace and make those team-play adjustments and individual tweaks that every champion makes to take his game and squad to a title.

J.R. Smith, whether off the bench or in the starting lineup, needs to be more consistent and selective. Can he get up to 20 PPG and blossom into that real second superstar or at least an ever-reliable second option?

Amar’e Stoudemire needs to remain healthy and contribute all season.

Tyson Chandler just needs to do what he’s done the past two years, but this time into the postseason.

Raymond Felton—who is “prone to episodes of streak shooting and questionable decisions,” per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated—has to tone it down some.

That said, Felton should get the ball more, taking away a small percentage of Anthony’s isolation minutes. This will keep Melo as the main man, but also get everyone else more involved.

Those are the basics.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

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