The 2013-14 New York Knicks are oozing disappointment from every pore, boasting the third-worst record in the league, an anemic offense, soft play on the glass and that old, penetrable, Swiss-cheese defense.
It’s been a collective effort. Other than Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, every single player on the roster has underachieved so far.
At least Mike Woodson, who’s underachieving as well, knows it. He told the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, “Melo’s having another solid season. Melo’s doing what he’s supposed to do. Everybody else has got to do what they need to do as well. Nobody’s shooting the ball extremely well. Everybody’s getting shots.”
The Knicks are the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference right now. They have the 25th best offense, are 28th in rebounds and—with regard to the “ball movement” problem Amar’e Stoudemire recently griped about—are 23rd in assists.
Lucky for the Knicks, though, they play in the Atlantic Division and, despite the free fall, are still well within striking distance of at least the No. 4 seed.
The way things are looking, it might be fourth seed or bust.
There’s plenty of blame to go around—and of course the Chandler injury was a killer—but these most disappointing players need to step up if New York has plans on making the postseason—what was not long ago considered a given.