Here are some pretty impressive Knicks’ stats courtesy of Knicksnow.com:
- The Knicks are 4-0 for the first time since 1993
- The Knicks rank first in the league in points allowed (87.5)
- The Knicks are scoring 104.5 points per game, good for third in the NBA
- The Knicks are shooting 43.6 percent behind the arc, second best in the league
- The Knicks rank third in the league in steals per game (10.3)
- The Knicks hit a record 43 3-pointers in their first three games
- The Knicks average the lowest amount of turnovers per game (10.5) in the league
- The Knicks are winning by an average of 17 points per game
- The Knicks have yet to allow an opposing team to score a 100 points
- Carmelo Anthony is the NBA’s leader in points per game at 27.3
- According to ESPN Stats & Information, this season Anthony is shooting 55.6 percent in the post
As you can see, through their first four games, the Knicks have been pretty much the best at everything. It’s been a long time since the Knicks led the league in anything other than inappropriate relations with interns in sports utility vehicles.
Of course, we know not to get too carried away. This is a four-game sample of an 82-game race. We don’t yet know how good this Knicks team is, or even if it is good. We don’t know if what we’re watching are the inklings of a championship run, or the soon forgotten start of an also-ran. We can’t yet say for certain that this season won’t at some point dissolve into another humiliating mess.
And yet, we’ve been through over a decade of near complete Knicks futility. Prior to this season, people were openly suggesting we root for a different team. During this same span, the Knicks have either been bad, embarrassing or both, but never neither.
So if you’d like to print those stats out and put them under your pillow, I say go ahead. You can bathe in those numbers, brush your teeth with them, or just stroke them gently and tell them that they’re beautiful. Maybe gather the family around them and take a picture, or throw a party in their honor where everyone’s invited, whatever the hell you want.
Right now, you can make a compelling statistical case that the Knicks are the best, when the hell was the last time you could say that?