New York Knicks
Placing last season: 36-30 (7th in Eastern Conference, Playoffs: First round exit)
Key moves: The Knicks most notable move was their refusal to sign Jeremy Lin to a longer-term contract, allowing him to move to the Houston Rockets.
Just a week before that move they picked up future hall of famer Jason Kidd (above) who at 39 isn’t realistically going to play a big role in the carrying the Knicks forward.
Via various trades, the Knicks also picked up fan favourite Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby, who will offer the club a new dimension this season.
Challenges ahead: Whether Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire can coexist is still up in the air. The two have put in the best part of 1 and a half seasons with the Knicks and have done little to prove that putting the two together was worth the Knicks shelling out all that money.
As it stands there are a lot of good players, Amare Stoudemire on the decline and Carmelo Anthony in his prime. This is simply not a title challenging team, which is what Knicks management had hoped it would be by now.
Reason to be positive: If Stoudemire and Anthony can learn to fit well together the Knicks could really be formidable. The Knicks are front-court heavy with Stoudemire, Anthony, Camby and Chandler and will look to dominate teams in the post.
Prediction: 46-36 (5th in Eastern Conference)
image: © Keith Allison