Predicting NY Knicks' Biggest Surprises and Breakout Players

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Predicting NY Knicks' Biggest Surprises and Breakout Players
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Eleven-time championship coach Phil Jackson took over a failed state when he assumed presidency of the New York Knicks, but the leadership and its citizens already look better for it. Jackson handpicked his head coach and wrangled a couple of nifty trades of the low- to mid-level variety, and now he's ready for his maiden voyage as an executive.

Now the Knicks appear set on a path to success under the guidance of a proven champion. Due to limited salary-cap maneuverability however, expectations must be tempered for 2014-15, as a championship contender can rarely be built from a single summer of GM work. 

Rookie head coach Derek Fisher will be tasked with improving on some shoddy team stats that cannot get much worse. In 2013-14, the Knicks ranked 24th in points allowed per 100 possessions, 27th in assist ratio, 28th in turnover ratio and 29th in possessions per game, according to NBA.com.

With such obstacles facing the Knicks in the first season under the new regime, here are five of the biggest surprises and breakouts to expect as the team adjusts to a new coach, new president, new-look roster and renewed championship expectations. 

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