The New York Knicks finished second in the East with a 54-28 mark. Although they were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers 4-2 in the second round of the playoffs, this team is loaded with offensive firepower.
Carmelo Anthony, who led the league in scoring with 28.7 points per contest, can play both forward positions, often creating favorable mismatches for the Knicks.
In addition to Anthony, New York also features four other players who recorded double-digit scoring averages during the 2012-13 campaign. They include:
J.R. Smith (18.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG)
Amar'e Stoudemire (14.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG)
Raymond Felton (13.9 PPG, 5.5 ASP)
Tyson Chandler (10.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG)
You may ask "well, what about defense?"
To help address that issue, the Knicks acquired former Lakers player Metta World Peace, which instantly improves the defensive makeup of this team.
In fact, according Bradford Doolittle of ESPN.com, The Lakers were four points better on defense for every 100 possessions he was on the floor last season.
How do they measure up against the Bulls? Offensively, both clubs have multiple players who can put the ball in the basket, but defense is what separates these two teams.
While MWP will bring a defensive-minded attitude the Knicks have been lacking the past few seasons, his presence alone will not be enough to prevent a healthy Bulls team from overtaking them in the race for conference supremacy.