Every NBA season features its share of predictability. Each TKB writer has come up with a “bold prediction” for the Knicks this season and here’s what we came up with…
Harris DeckerIman Shumpert will outscore J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani becoming the teams go to second scorer.
If you’re inside the Garden, this is the dream. From scouts to owners, everyone seems to think that Shumpert has the ability to be a big time player in the NBA. Up until now, we’ve seen a player with plus defense and the ability to score but not in a dynamic manner. This season, Shumpert will flourish, turning into not only the second best player on the Knicks but one of the top players in the Atlantic Division.
Sam SpiegelmanBeno Udrih will become the Knicks’ best option off the bench in 2013-14.
There are the glaring concerns about J.R. Smith’s health and how long it will take him to get back into basketball shape when he does return. Udrih, the veteran, can have the sort of impact many expected out of Jason Kidd last season, facilitating the offense and making clutch baskets like he did against the Raptors Monday night in the double-overtime loss. Udrih may go down as one of the best free-agent signings of the year if the Knicks can earn a top-five side in the East and make a run in the post-season.
Ben KopelmanBeno Udrih will be the team’s starting point guard heading into the playoffs.
This is not a knock on Felton, who I predict to have a fine year, but I think Beno’s court vision coupled with his ability to execute in the pick-and-roll game will prove a better fit with the team’s first unit. I see Udrih facilitating each element of the team’s offense: pick-and-rolls with Chandler; hitting open shooters; and just clearing out of Melo’s way. The team is flush with shooters (Melo, JR, Barg) and a past-first point guard will be just what the doctor ordered come the Spring.
Now we ask you…What’s your bold prediction for 2013-14?