The New York Knicks are currently 10-9 and in second place in the Atlantic Division. The last time the Knicks had that record was during the 2001-02 season, when balding and beloved coach Jeff Van Gundy mysteriously quit after 19 games, kick-starting a nine-season stretch of losing.
This year's Knicks team has much more potential than any other previous Madison Square Garden incarnation from the past decade.
A few reasons are blatantly obvious, such as Amar'e Stoudemire and Ray Felton's lights-out play and a schedule that has allowed the Knicks to beat up on the Little Sisters of the Poor.
There are some hidden diamonds in the rough, however, and here are five that have led the Knicks to their recent 7-1 stretch.