Are the New York Knicks for real? After 10 games they are 6-4. They still play no defense (105.5 points allowed per game), but this season they can score too (105.7 points).
The team has surprised the entire league with their fast start. They’ve managed six wins in ten games when most thought it would take 20 or 30 games. This roster was supposed to be a troubled one with this season being one to throw away while the big wasteful contracts expired.
Instead, Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph have been the main scorers for the new D’Antoni Knicks. This isn’t too different from last season, but Crawford is shooting pretty well (43.6%) and Randolph has proven he is not as heavy and flatfooted as he was supposed to be.
In addition, Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, David Lee (the three young athletes) have all flourished so far in this early season. Chris Duhon, the point guard chosen to bridge the gap between now and 2010 when the team will have the finances to rebuild, has done admirable job with over seven assists a game.
Of course a quick look at the schedule brings the record of the team into question. The Knicks have beaten the Heat, the Bobcats, the hobbling Wizards, the Jazz sans Deron Williams, the Grizzlies, and the newly named Thunder.
This is the lottery circuit, not a collection of playoff bound teams. The Jazz victory might have meant something if Deron was in uniform for Utah, but without him the team is not even in competition for the eighth spot in the West. The Knicks have lost to the 76ers, the Bucks, the Spurs, and the Mavs, all are potential playoff teams and all have beaten the Knicks.
The Knicks have improved. They are no longer the bottom dwellers of the bottom dwellers, but they are not real, just a little better. Hopefully this will bring the fasn back to the stands with Knicks tickets.