Sometimes there aren't glitches in the computer.
This is one of those times.
Which was ridiculous.
"Sometimes there's glitches in the computer," Carmelo Anthony told reporters in October, per ESPN New York's Matt Ehalt. "That's all I got to say."
That's all a lot of people had to say.
A team that just won 54 games the season before was going to win 37? Get out of here with that modern-day, analytical-based bunkum. No way, no how would the Knicks win only 37 games.
The Knicks won only 37 games.
Plenty of people—including myself—mocked the projection. New York didn't figure to be as good as they were in 2012-13, but you had a better chance of falling victim to an elaborate Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Penn and Teller than the Knicks did of winning only 37 games.
I repeat: The Knicks won only 37 games.
Worry not, though. You, me and Anthony weren't the only ones who were skeptical and ignorant and improperly weighed the negative impact trading a first-rounder for a player nobody in the NBA wanted (Andrea Bargnani) would have. Mike Woodson was right there with us.
Do they play? It’s a computer system. So I don’t think computers run up and down the floor. You still gotta play the game. I don’t get caught up into that. Bottom line is we take it one game at a time and put our best foot forward and we try to win. That’s what it’s all about.
I have no control over the computers, I really don’t. All I can control is our team and how we play, and that’s all I’m going to try to do.
Try as Woodson and the Knicks might to avoid the wrath of thinking they didn't quite understand, they failed. The SCHOENE system did not. It was spot-on—for the Knicks, anyway.
By Pelton's calculations, the Milwaukee Bucks should have won 32 games. They nabbed only 15.
The Phoenix Suns were also supposed to win between 17 and 18 games. They won 48.
In many cases, the computer actually was wrong—just not for the Knicks. Now they're left to pick up the pieces of a 37-win season they didn't see coming.
How many wins do you think this exact Knicks roster would have next season?
Anthony will become a free agent this July, at which point he could leave. The Knicks also don't have any cap space or a first-round selection in this year's draft.
Transforming the roster into a contender won't be an overnight project for team president Phil Jackson. It's going to take some time. The team we see now could be the exact one the Knicks are fielding next season.
Strapped for cash and unlikely to make any offseason splash, the Knicks must hope that either SCHOENE's forecast is more forgiving next year, or they're somehow better equipped to prove it wrong.
*Salary information via ShamSports.