Mike D’Antoni has one year under his belt as the head coach of the New York Knicks and you should see improvement this season. He has nearly the same roster as last season, but with a year in the system, you should see improvements. They are trying to play through this year and make a splash in the free-agency after the season. Can the Knicks make the playoffs this year? Can David Lee look passed all of the drama this past off-season and contribute this season? Check out our 2009-10 NBA Preview for the New York Knicks.
Additions/Subtractions – The Knicks didn’t go out and sign a bunch of free-agents, that will be next year. They traded Quentin Richardson for Darko Milicic. It’s basically an expiring contract, but you never know how D’Antoni can work him into the system. They drafted Toney Douglas and Jordan Hill, Douglas could contribute in their offense this season, he can get into the lane and make things happen. Hill could be a season or two away from being NBA-ready.
2009-10 Expectations – The Knicks aren’t trying to build a team this season to go out there and win a championship. The team is loaded with expiring contracts and they could even get creative at the trading deadline to move a few more pieces and get even more under the cap. They have their eyes on the 2010-11 season and hopefully have either Lebron James or Chris Bosh, plus a few other good players with the room they will have. They are not expecting to make the playoffs and D’Antoni is not on the hot seat at all, even if they go out there and only win a dozen games. Chris Duhon will be on the floor a lot this season again, not having an adequate point guard, Nate Robinson doesn’t count, will hurt them this season.
2009-10 Prediction – The Knicks will fail to make the playoffs and draft in the lottery once again. They have defensive liabilities on their team, but will be able to put a lot of points on the board. They will win more games this season, but barely.
2009-10 Win Total – 34-48