Opening Tip: Where will the Knicks finish?

October, 30, 2013
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Tyson Chandler won't be thinking about preseason predictions or power rankings when the Knicks take the court Wednesday night against Milwaukee.

"I don't think any championships have ever been won on paper. So I could care less where people have us," Chandler said late last week.

Many pundits have the Knicks finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference behind Miami, Chicago, Indiana and Brooklyn.

And for good reason.

Miami is Miami, Brooklyn has added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Chicago has Derrick Rose back and Indiana is a young team on the rise.

But it would be foolish to get wrapped up in preseason predictions.

Many prognosticators (this one included) thought the Knicks would finish between fifth and seventh in the East last season and behind Boston in the Atlantic Division.

Instead, New York won 54 games, finished second in the Eastern Conference and won the Atlantic Division title.

But this year brings a new set of challenges for Carmelo Anthony & Co.

In addition to the contenders at the top of the conference, many teams that have struggled in the past few seasons are expected to improve. Detroit, Washington and Cleveland have the personnel in place to take a step forward this year.

So, if the preseason pundits are correct, the Knicks will have plenty of competition in the East.

Which brings us to our question: where do you think the Knicks will finish this season? Can they defend their Atlantic Division title? Or will they tail off in the top-heavy East?

UP NOW: Mike Woodson hasn't made any firm decisions yet, but it sounds as if Carmelo Anthony will play power forward against Milwaukee on Wednesday and Andrea Bargnani will start the season on the bench.

Also, Anthony responded to criticism from Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith and said that he plans to recruit free agents to New York this summer.

Lastly, Amar'e Stoudemire will suit up in the opener but it is unclear at this point if he will play. And we ask readers which Knick they'd prefer in the starting five: Bargnani or Metta World Peace?

QUESTION: Where do you think the Knicks will finish this season? Can they defend their Atlantic Division title? Or will they tail off in the top-heavy East?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.2 3.2 0.6 34.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.5
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.0
StealsS. Larkin 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.4