The New York Knicks were likely going to make the NBA Playoffs before they acquired Carmelo Anthony.
With the addition of the former-Denver Nuggets star forward, the Knicks were taking a chance to be contenders in the East. The public generally consented that the Knicks weren't ready to win now, but were making steps to win in a year or two.
The Knicks came out with a drastically different roster—including Chauncey Billups—and beat the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks.
Yes, the Knicks have also suffered some bad losses. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers twice. However, they also held an 11-point halftime lead against the Orlando Magic.
Basically, the Knicks are overachieving and putting a scare into some Eastern Conference coaches earlier than expected. The best seed the Knicks will earn by season's end is the No. 4 slot.
The Knicks are not truly title contenders yet, but here's the teams they could potentially face—and scare—in the first round of the playoffs.