The 2011-12 New York Knicks
After acquiring Amare Stoudemire via free agency in the summer of 2010, the New York Knicks bolstered their roster and essentially their NBA Finals hopes by trading for Carmelo Anthony more then halfway through last season. The Knicks did give up a ton of young prospects and talent (Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov) to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Anthony, but the move landed two prized superstars on one of the NBA’s most historic franchises. Instead of all the hype surrounding the team, however, the Knicks managed a mediocre 14-13 record with Anthony suited up in blue and orange during the regular season, while also getting swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. We saw glimpses of both what everyone expected (winning seven straight at the end of the season while Melo averaged an eye-popping 30.9 points per game) and the unthinkable (losing nine of ten from March 10-26, including losses to the Indiana Pacers [twice], Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks [twice] and Charlotte Bobcats). While most of us think year two in New York will provide better results with an opportunity to grow as teammates and gain experience with one another on the court, a mediocre record can’t go unspoken of. There are talks of adding Chris Paul to the mix as the New Orleans point guard has hinted at joining Anthony and Stoudemire in essence mimicking the “Big Threes” in Miami and Boston. While it’s unclear whether the Knicks will be able to acquire the four-time All-Star, the 2011-12 season for New York will surely be entertaining as ever in recent history.