New York Knicks: Top 5 Things to Look Forward to This Season

Anthony PrestanoContributor IIIDecember 4, 2011

New York Knicks: Top 5 Things to Look Forward to This Season

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    After an exciting season to say the least last year, the Knicks are back and ready to compete.  

    It started out with the acquisition of Amar'e Stoudemire, and half way through the season the Carmelo Anthony saga brought the New York Knicks back to prominence.  

    The Knicks are full of energetic stars, and the only thing keeping them from being a title contender is a defensive presence.  

    However, Knicks fans have many things to look forward to this season, and here are five of them.

5. Christmas Day at the Garden

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    The NBA is back, and its coming back in style.  The rejuvenated Knicks get to play the Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Christmas day, and you can bet that it will be electric.  Such a great day for the NBA will be filled with excitement, happiness and basketball. 

    For the Knicks, its means a fresh start.  The Knicks will get time to build chemistry and work on playing as a team, not as three players.  The best present of all, however, is getting to watch basketball again, and you know Knicks fans will be happy about that. 

4. Development of Landry Fields

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    Landry Fields had an energetic rookie season, one in which he played very well too.  So well, that he finished only second in rookie of the year voting to Blake Griffin.  The most exciting thing about Landry Fields, is that he will only get better.  

    A sharp three point shooter, Landry Fields can learn a lot from the veterans on this team.  Landry Fields had an excellent season, up until Carmelo Anthony came along.  Landry Fields watched the big three do all the work, and occasionally stood there like a deer in the headlights.  

    Again, I think this will change now that D'Antoni has time to build chemistry between these players, and that only means good things to come.

3. Iman Shumpert

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    Iman Shumpert is an outstanding defensive player, and a freakish athlete.  Many were puzzled when the Knicks selected him so early in the NBA Draft this past offseason, but the need for defense made up the minds of the Knicks front office.  

    The Knicks still lack an inside force, but Iman Shumpert absolutely contribute on the defensive side of the ball.  If Shumpert can work on his jump shots, I think he can turn into a Rajon Rondo for the New York Knicks, a piece they need to contend.  

2. A Full Season of Melo and Amar'e

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    Half a season of Amar'e, and half a season of Carmelo.  

    This added up to a first round elimination in the playoffs.  Now the Knicks have time to improve and work things out.  I don't see any reason to believe the Knicks can't win the Atlantic division this season against an aging Boston Celtics team.  

    The Knicks are still lacking one big piece to their puzzle, but for right now I think the Knicks can contend for at least the number five seed in the East.  If the Knicks want to compete with teams like Miami and Chicago, they need to improve drastically and I think a full season of these two can help the Knicks do that.

1. Chris Paul Trade Rumors

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    You knew this was coming.  Ever since the proposed idea of forming a big three in New York, the New York fans and media have been all over this idea.  I fully expect him to be wearing a Knicks uniform next season, despite rumors that he won't be traded.  

    In my opinion thats crazy talk.  

    The New Orleans Hornets obviously won't compete this season, so why would they let him walk in free agency.  I'd trade the man and get whatever I can in return for him, even if its all the Knicks have to offer.

    He has also been rumored to go to Orlando and possibly Los Angeles, but LA has more interest in Dwight Howard and Orlando is shopping Dwight Howard, so New Orleans does not have many options.  It will be an interesting story for Knicks fans to follow this season.  

    For more on my Bleacher Report "Hot Read" article about Chris Paul and why he may end up a Knick, visit the link below.