Even with scoring machine like Carmelo Anthony within their arsenal, the New York Knicks failed to miserably in 2013-14. As a result, Anthony genuinely considered going elsewhere as he toured across the U.S, meeting with team that were interested in acquiring his services.
But for some reason… sorry, for a $125million worth of reasons, he opted to stick around to call Madison Square Garden home. Now, team president Phil Jackson has the centrepiece he required to rebuild a franchise that has been a source of disappointment for many, many years.
However, next year, they could do something special. They could defy the odds and Anthony could win his first ever league Most Valuable Player award and cap the year off with his first ever NBA Championship.
Or maybe they could be terrible yet again ‘Melo will demand a trade… Who knows?
Either Way, here are four bold predictions for the 2013-14 season.
1) J.R returns to the form
Believe it or not Earl Joseph Smith, better known as J.R Smith, was actually the reigning NBA Sixthman of the Year last year after averaging 18points per game in the 2012-13 season.
Although you probably forgot or couldn’t that by watching him hoist up some crazy shots last season. Or if you read stuff on the internet and saw his name linked to near-enough every trade rumour involving New York.
Next year, don’t be surprised to see the enigmatic swingman get back to his best form. He will once again be heating up from the perimeter, leaving defenders dazed and confused after a killer crossover, and dunking on folks.
2) Make it to the NBA Playoffs
The Knicks failed to make the Playoffs this past season as they crumbled to pieces in the abysmal. Don’t expect the same next year though.
Rookie coach Derek Fisher will breathe new life into a team that is clearly filled with talent but seemingly vanished all of sudden – kind of like what happened in Space Jam.
Sure the Eastern Conference will (or at least it should) be a lot better this time around, with at least 10 teams legitimately having a chance to make the playoffs, but the Knicks will find a way to right the ship.
Heck, I'll go so far as to say they will win 45 games in the regular season and make it to the second in the championship period.
3) Amar’e Stoudemire gets traded away
Somewhere out there, some poor sucker of a general manager will be baited into taking on Amar’e Stoudemire’s huge contract which will have ran its course come season end. And I wouldn’t be too shocked if it happens sooner rather than later.
Hey, not a lot of people were sure the Raptors could offload Rudy Gay’s bloated contract, but it happened. The Sacramento Kings took it. Not a lot of people were sure they could also get rid of Andrea Bargnani’s contract, either but that also happened. The Knicks took it.
So why not Amar’e’?
Maybe the Philadelphia 76ers, who seem hell-bent on tanking, may be willing to do a deal involving Thaddeus Young. They’ve certainly been shopping him enough to think so.
Carmelo Anthony Leads the NBA in scoring
Fresh off from signing a monster contract, ‘Melo will be and determined to prove to forthcoming free agents that New York can be contender by leading the Knicks back into the post season – even if he has to do it all by himself.
That hunger, along with the newly implemented triangle offense and his skills will be exactly the combination needed to reclaim the scoring title with at least 30 points per game. He certainly has the skills to do it.
And once he gets going, it’s time to call it a day. Whether its 3point barrage, a mid-range clinic or series of moves to get to the basket, pick your poison – There’s still no stopping him.