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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: September 19, 11:37 AM ET
No. 102: New York Knicks

By Ross Marrinson
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 113
Title track: 78
Ownership: 82
Coaching: 53
Players: 91
Fan relations: 94
Affordability: 118
Stadium experience: 71
Bang for the buck: 105

The good news? For the first time in 13 seasons, the Knicks won a playoff series, leading to an uptick in eight of our nine categories. The bad news? Well, the Knicks still rank in the bottom half of the NBA in eight categories, led by absurdly expensive tickets. At a league-high $123.22, theyre 142 percent more expensive than the NBA average -- resulting in an affordability ranking of 118th overall, good for dead last in the Association.

Fans seem to like coach Mike Woodson -- the Knicks coaching rank jumped 30 spots to 53rd -- but those same fans want the team to get more from their players, have those players demonstrate more effort and act professionally on and off the court. And during the offseason, the team traded fan favorite Steve Novak and three draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2016, for Andrea Bargnani. The former No. 1 pick has never been known to play much D (career DRtg of 111) or been a rebounding presence on the offensive glass (0.9 orpg over his career), two of the Knicks major weaknesses last season with their frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and a gimpy and aging Tyson Chandler. The team already has almost $81 million on the books for the 2014-15 season, so as usual in New York, its win a title now (or next season) or go back to the drawing board in 2015-16 ... Salary cap? Whats that?