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Fixing the Knicks and the 2012 myth

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A month after the Carmelo Anthony trade,  the Knicks are crumbling and have lost 8 of their last 10 – with 6 to under .500 teams (2 to Indiana, 2 to Milwaukee, 1 to Detroit, 1 to Charlotte). With the success of the post Carmelo Nuggets, the vultures are swirling and declaring the Knicks trade a failure. Advanced staticians are picking Anthony’s game apart.

What’s going wrong? Ball movement on the offensive end. D’Antoni teams rely on spacing and finding the open man and Carmelo’s ball reliant, isolation game is an awful fit for this. Billups and Amare have yet to find their efficiency legs in the new get it to the stars offense. The Knicks also have among the worst offensive depth I’ve ever seen. In their last loss to Charlotte they started Shawne Williams and Toney Douglas beside Melo, Amare and Billups and their bench was Anthony Carter, Roger Mason, Jared Jeffries, Shelden Williams, Landry Fields and Bill Walker. That’s not going to cut it.

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Post-January NBA Awards Watch

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My top picks for the various NBA Awards after two months of play.  Expect to see this updated each month with my picks for ROY, DPOY, MIP, 6MOY, COY, and All-NBA teams.

MVP:  See Monday’s post.  This gets updated weekly.

Rookie of the Year

1. Blake Griffin

2. Landry Fields

3. John Wall

Obviously at this point it’s Griffin and everyone else. Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are rising in people’s minds but let’s not get carried away. Wall’s scoring efficiency fallen through the floor, meanwhile Cousins has played even less minutes than Wall despite a lack of major injuries because of all the shenanigans he pulls. I’d re-draft both over Fields of course, but for this year, Fields maintains his #2 spot for now.

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Post-December NBA Awards Watch

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My top picks for the various NBA Awards after two months of play.  Expect to see this updated each month with my picks for ROY, DPOY, MIP, 6MOY, COY, and All-NBA teams.

MVP:  See Monday’s post.  This gets updated weekly.

Rookie of the Year

1. Blake Griffin

2. Landry Fields

3. John Wall

Griffin’s way out of front.  Easily top two rookie of the past decade (with Chris Paul).  The long shot Fields is giving us the only other solid All-Rookie First team type season, and so despite missing a ton of time, Wall remains in the top 3.

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm