Believe it or not, the New York Knicks took a major step last season, advancing past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000. In 2013-14, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks will look to improve on last year's finish and lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time in four decades.
Although the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are once again the favorite to win the Eastern Conference, New York has the leadership and pieces in place to finish among the top teams in the conference again this season.
Many familiar faces, including Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler remain in the Big Apple. The key will be how newcomers like Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Piece and Tim Hardaway Jr. transition into Mike Woodson's rotation.
The Knicks won 54 games a season ago and clinched the No. 2 seed in the conference. Unfortunately, New York's offense disappeared for long stretches far too often in the postseason and the Knicks weren't able to capitalize on their improved defensive performance.
Needless to say, the Atlantic Division champions will need to discover better offensive flow this season.
With the Brooklyn Nets pulling off a blockbuster trade to bring in veteran stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from Boston, the Knicks will not only have to compete with the likes of Miami, Indiana and Chicago in the East, but also their new-look rivals from down the road.
With New York set to tip off its seven-game preseason schedule this October, be sure to check back here for the latest results, news and analysis surrounding the Knicks.