Knicks a changed franchise?

When Amar’e Stoudemire signed a 5-year free agent deal with the New York Knicks, we all knew that the Knicks would be a decent team in 2010/2011. What we didn’t expect, was for about 2 months into the season, for the Knicks to be in fifth place in the East, at 17-12. Sure, Stoudemire has carried this team, averaging 26.4 points per game, third best in the NBA. But he has brought star power to the bright lights of NYC, paving the way for others to shine as well. Forward Wilson Chandler has seen career highs across the board in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, shooting percentage, and free throw percentage, a lot in part to Stoudemire’s ability to pass it off and attract attention when he has the ball. Another forward, Italian Danilo Gallinari, is averaging 15.3 points per game and 1.7 assists per game, both tied for career highs. New point guard Raymond Felton, signed in the offseason after playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, is also having a big year alongside Stoudemire, averaging career highs in points per game, assists per game, steals per game, rebounds per game, and free throw percentage. He is becoming what Stoudemire had with Steve Nash with the Suns: A force to be reckoned with. And the Knicks aren’t slowing down, either. After a 3-game slide, the Knicks won Wednesday against a very good team in the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-98, as their high-powered offense continues to roll. Could they keep this up? At this rate, the answer is yes. Maybe we’ll see them in the playoffs and maybe even win a series!

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