It’s time for a preview of the 2010-11 New York Knicks. This 2010-11 New York Knicks preview showcases a team that is still in transition, but has a roster with some young assets that could develop into sure-fire NBA All Stars. There were quite a few transactions for the Knicks during the NBA offseason, and even though they weren’t able to attract LeBron James as they had hoped, the Knicks still acquired an All Star in Amare Stoudemire. With a couple of helpful trades, the Knicks have been able to put together a roster that will at the very least be interesting for fans of the team.
Amare Stoudemire is going to be the star of the New York Knicks this season, and he is going to be paid like it. Stoudemire will be the starting power forward, and could also end up seeing a lot of minutes because of it. In the low post with him will probably be Ronny Turiaf, a big center who is about to see more minutes than he has played in any season during his career. While Turiaf may have been a throw-in to make the David Lee trade work with the Golden State Warriors, he could end up being a huge asset. Spelling one of both of the big guys will be the young Anthony Randolph, who also came over in the trade, and has the making of a future star in the NBA.
Playing small forward will be Danilo Gallinari, who will be just 22-years-old in the 2010-11 NBA season, and is really starting to come into his own. He is again going to have to help stretch the floor on offense, and will have the opportunity to toss up around 500 three-point attempts. Look for Gallinari to improve upon the 15.1 points per game he averaged last year with the Knicks. Backing him up is Wilson Chandler, who also saw his minutes increase a lot last season, and could actually be a starter at that position for many other NBA teams. Maybe that could lead to him getting traded, or the Knicks could shift Gallinari to shooting guard in order to also start Chandler.
The point guard position will be vastly improved in New York next season, as they were able to get Raymond Felton for a very affordable deal. Felton comes out of Charlotte where he has averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 assists for them over the past five seasons. Now he will have the chance to put up close to 40 minutes per game with the Knicks, and will be backed up by Toney Douglas. That takes us to the gap that this team has right now, and it is in the shooting guard position. Kelenna Azubuike will get the chance to compete for the starting spot in the preseason, and it’s possible that the former Kentucky small forward could get the nod.
Breaking down the chances of this Knicks team is not as easy as it might seem, and they still need to add a few pieces to help the bench. Bill Walker and Eddy Curry are both still on the team, but their roles haven’t been determined as of yet. There could still be something in the works for the Knicks to add another piece or two before the 2010-11 season gets started, and maybe that will make this an even better team. The Knicks are still well under the salary cap, and that could help bring on another player that a team might be looking to dump just for this season.
If the roster stays the same for the New York Knicks, this is actually a team that could threaten to make the 2011 NBA Playoffs. They are going to need everyone to play their best this season, but if Gallinari and Randolph can come through, this is going to be an exciting team to watch for the next few seasons. The Knicks are still in re-building mode, so the 2011 NBA Playoffs would be a huge accomplishment, with the team looking to add another free agent piece in the 2011 NBA offseason.