First and foremost, the New York Knicks can put up points.
Currently, they are averaging 107.1 points per game—third only to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the perennially high-scoring Phoenix Suns.
However, this was to be expected, as the New York offense has performed well (fourth in 2008-09, ninth in 2009-10) since head coach Mike D'Antoni took over two seasons ago.
Yet, although D'Antoni's past Knicks teams could score, they were often rather inefficient.
That has changed in 2010-11, as the Knicks are within the NBA's top five teams in free throw percentage (80.3), free throws made per game (22.1) and three pointers made per game (8.9), while they have also posted field goal percentage of 46.3 (11th in the NBA).
These substantial improvements can be primarily attributed to the Knicks' three successful offseason acquisitions.
Obviously, it all starts with the signing of Amar'e Stoudemire.
He has been huge for the Knicks thus far, leading the squad with averages of 24.9 points (on 52.2 percent shooting), 9.1 rebounds, 6.4 free throws made (at 76.7 percent) and 1.9 blocks.
Furthermore, Stoudemire has overcome his early season turnover woes, becoming an effective go-to guy for the team and creating on his own looks whenever the Knicks desperately need a bucket.
Stoudemire has also been instrumental to New York's success within the regular confines of the offense, as he is an outstanding finisher in pick-and-roll situations.
However, the success and efficiency of the Knicks' pick-and-roll offense can be equally attributed to the team's second most important newcomer, Raymond Felton.
Though 21 games, Felton is looking to have his best year ever, putting up career highs in nearly every statistical category.
He is averaging 18.1 points (47.1 percent shooting), 8.3 assists (team high), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals (team high), 1.7 threes, shooting 89.9 percent from the line and, perhaps most importantly, providing the the Knicks with an all-around offensive threat from the lead guard position (as opposed to what they had with Chris Duhon).
But Felton, who many initially wrote off as only a temporary stop-gap at the point, still hasn't been New York's biggest surprise in 2010-11.
Instead, that honor goes to rookie Landry Fields, the No. 39 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Fields, who stepped in to fill the team's void at shooting guard, has surprised everyone by becoming one of the top producing rookies in the NBA and a solid contributor for the Knicks.
At this point in the season, he is scoring 10.8 points per game on 53.7 percent shooting and he's second on the team in rebounding at 7.4 per contest.
So with Stoudemire, Felton and Fields joining Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Toney Douglas in the rotation, the offense can effectively put up points in any number of ways.
Stoudemire and Chandler can score as the roller in the pick and roll, while they can also create on their own against opposing big men by either attacking the basket or spotting up.
Felton and Douglas, on the other hand, can both serve as the facilitators of the offense, being able to slash, shoot and distribute the ball.
Furthermore, Chandler, Felton, Douglas, Fields, backups like Shawne Williams and Bill Walker, and especially Gallinari can knock down the three-ball at a reasonable clip, so the Knicks are often able to take advantage of any openings left in opposing defenses.
But when it comes to the Knicks' defense...