Are the New York Knicks for real? You better believe it! With potential league MVP Carmelo Anthony putting up all world numbers this team has a scorer unlike any in franchise history.
However, it's Anthony's commitment to coach Mike Woodson's defense first philosophy that has this team firing on all cylinders. With rebounding machine Tyson Chandler and the Point Guard play of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, Knicks fans have reason to believe this team can compete for an NBA Championship which would be its first since 1973.
The Knicks have won five straight in convincing fashion including Monday's 99-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons, a game that saw Anthony score 27. Of note, second year man Iman Shumpert who suffered that devastating knee injury during the playoffs last season is quickly returning to pre-injury form. Already inserted into the starting lineup after finally being activated 10 games ago, the team's premier defender this side of Chandler, is quickly making up for lost time.
With perhaps the deepest bench in the league, led by Amare Stoudemire who has come back from a knee injury and accepted a reduced role, the Knicks look hard to stop. Add JR Smith, having his finest NBA season and 3 point sharp shooter Steve Novak to the mix and you have quality and quantity at each position. Also, let's not forget fan favorite Kurt Thomas who continues to take up space in the paint like he once did in New York back in the 90s.
The Miami Heat, already trounced twice this season by the Knicks have to be looking over their collective shoulders because come playoff time, New York could very well be the team to beat.