After the their disastrous 2014-2015 campaign, Knicks fan everywhere are hoping for much more competitive efforts this time around. With their clear-cut team leader in Carmelo Anthony back hoping to suit up for a full season and a few high-quality pick-ups such as Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez and Derrick Williams, there is legitimate reason behind the optimism.
After a promising preseason in which Phil Jackson’s complex triangle offense finally began to show some signs of life, the Knicks will take a trip to the Bradley Center to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on October 28th. This game will kick off the first of 18 games the Knicks are scheduled to play through October and November.
9 of the first 11 opponents on New York’s agenda are coming off of postseason births. This will initially make their idealistic transition back to a contender an uphill one. One exciting early season match-up to watch will come on November 4th when the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Knicks. Coming off a disappointing and injury-riddled campaign, Carmelo will be determined to show he’s still one of the NBA’s elites and there’s no better way to do this than against LeBron James. The Cavs are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions and remain among the most dangerous in the conference and taking them down would surely send a powerful message to the rest of the association.
Another key competition will come on November 15th when the New Orleans Pelicans make their sole visit to Madison Square Garden. Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher knowingly took a big risk when they drafted Latvian-born big man, Kristaps Porzingis, with the No. 4 pick this offseason, despite numerous offers for immediate help. The obvious anticipated match-up to see is the rookie going toe-to-toe with Anthony Davis. If Porzingis develops as the Knicks’ organization hopes for, we could be looking at an exciting match-up for years to come.
The Knicks are going to improve in nearly every facet of the game this season, which won’t be too difficult seeing as they finished with the 29th best offensive and 28th best defensive in the league. It remains to be seen whether or not this revamped Knicks squad is talented enough to make the playoffs. Let’s just hope they’re ready for the scrutiny that comes with playing in the Big Apple.
Courtesy of Standing O Sports