With Tyson Chandler out 4-6 weeks, December isn’t looking much better.
Clearly, this is the biggest reason the Knicks are struggling at this moment, and will struggle in the near future—but the fact is they weren’t looking too good before their critical big man went down with a broken leg.
The Knicks offense is 25th at 93.0 points a game. They are ranked 24th in assists. They are the fourth-worst rebounding team in the league.
Every player is playing below his potential, from Carmelo Anthony, through Iman Shumpert, to Raymond Felton.
Anthony’s sporting the worst accuracy of his career. Shumpert’s oft-praised defensive ferocity is tame of late (see: San Antonio Spurs).
Felton’s been nursing a hamstring injury since the preseason. His shooting and shot selection have been horrendous.
Andrea Bargnani isn’t half the addition the Knicks needed. Amar’e Stoudemire is a statue. Kenyon Martin is not allowed to play more than 10 minutes at a clip.
Metta World Peace is quietly having a good season, but his game-effecting impact has been nil.
And J.R Smith has barely played yet, preseason and regular season.
There’s a handful of other guys on the team barely making a dent in the box score.
There are so many reasons the Knicks are struggling to start 2013-14, but these are the biggest.