After picking up two All-Stars last season, the New York Knicks made the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and company lost to the Boston Celtics in a sweep, although the series was marred by many Knick injuries.
In the shortened 2011 offseason, the Knicks probably made the biggest free-agent signing, picking up Tyson Chandler, which will bring a much-needed defensive presence to New York.
Stoudemire played so well early on that he received early MVP consideration. He ended up averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, while staying healthy for most of the season.
Anthony did what he had done best in Denver: score the basketball. He averaged 25.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and is one of the most clutch players in the league.
The Knicks have the best frontcourt in the league hands down. If their guards can perform well and if their defense improves, New York could find itself in the Eastern Conference and NBA Finals.