5 Reasons Why the NY Knicks Could Surpass Expectations Next Year

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5 Reasons Why the NY Knicks Could Surpass Expectations Next Year
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The New York Knicks might rise higher in the standings than you think.

If the New York Knicks can get through the season opener Oct. 29 with at least 50 points, no suspensions for naughty behavior and only one or two season-ending injuries, they will already have surpassed some long-suffering fans' expectations. Most prognosticators, however, expect a bit more of the new-look Knicks.   

Carmelo Anthony has said that he does not expect to win a championship next spring (h/t Pro Basketball Talk), but will "absolutely" make the playoffs, per the New York Post's Fred Kerber

Vegas gives New York 60-1 odds of winning the NBA championship and 30-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference Finals, per Vegas Insider. That ties them in the East with two of their Atlantic Division rivals, the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. Ahead of them are the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-20), Chicago Bulls (3-1), Washington Wizards (15-1), Miami Heat (20-1) and Charlotte Hornets (25-1), in that order. 

Yet, the Knicks could beat the odds this season. Here are five reasons why.

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