It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll, New York. The Knicks have tumbled down the Eastern Conference ladder, a year after being the #2 seed going into the playoffs and winning 54 games. The Knicks are now 15-26, sitting in 11th place. A 3-13 start to the season gave the team a bleak vision of the season, and another recent 4-game losing streak isn’t helping. The problem is simple — Carmelo Anthony doesn’t have a good team around him. His contributions are triple that of the 2nd best player on the team according to Win Shares, and he’s having another great season. He averages more rebounds than both the center (Andrea Bargnani) and power forward (Tyson Chandler), is second on the team in assists and has scored over 450 more points than any other Knicks player. In short, the Knicks can’t wait to get Amare Stoudemire and his $22 million salary of their books and use that money to sign useful players.
- 8th worst point differential in NBA
- 6th easiest schedule for rest of the season
- Lost last 4
- 1-5 in games decided by 3 points or less (tends to average out through the season)
- 3rd worst rebounding team in NBA
- H0llinger playoff odds: 40%
Verdict: The Celtics and Knicks look like they’re racing to see who can miss the playoffs in worse fashion in seems. Even so, the Eastern Conference is woeful as a whole, with only two teams above .500. This gives them a chance to make the NBA playoffs, and a decent one at that. I don’t buy into the 40% given to them by Hollinger’s system, so i’ll go with 30%.