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The New York Knicks have quietly improved by leaps and bounds from last season.
Call me a homer, but this is a team that I'm extremely high on.
They traded in David Lee for the slightly better Amar'e Stoudemire, who should be a serious offensive threat in Mike D'Antoni's system.
However, that's far from the only key acquisition the Knicks made this off-season.
The Knicks added underrated point guard Raymond Felton who should fit perfectly into Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, sharpshooter Roger Mason Jr., and as we all know you can never have too many shooters with Mike D'Antoni as coach, and forward Anthony Randolph who has an all-around game similar to Stoudemire except he's better defensively, this guy has huge potential.
They also brought in a rare true Center in Ronny Turiaf which is a huge addition with the defensive deficiencies of Amare Stoudemire and they added swingman Kelenna Azubuike whose heart and shooting touch will have Knicks' fans screaming John Starks all season.
All five of those guys are excellent fits with the Knicks team and give Amare Stoudemire one hell of a supporting cast.
However, if you don't feel those five guys with Amare are enough to bring the Knicks back, just remember two names:
Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.
These two guys have been the face of the Knicks for two seasons now and are both very good players with even more upside potential.
Danilo Gallinari has a case for best shooter in the league as of right now, which is pretty damn impressive considering his 6-10 build.
Gallinari could see his point per game average jump to 20 this season.
Wilson Chandler is another player who could be on his way to more improvement.
He averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game last season and has great athletic ability. His defense is also about average.
Considering Mike D'Antoni is known for an eight man rotation it makes sense that the Knicks are built with eight impact players.
They can hurt you in so many ways, and Eddy Curry's expiring contract could net another great player at the trade deadline.
I really like the New York Knicks for this upcoming season.