The New York Knicks' roster is filled with talent. With a mixture of young and old (mostly old), the Knicks have seen contributions from a variety of players on their way to a 28-15 start.
Each player has a different style and different personality. Plus, they have great team chemistry, something that lacked last year and in turn gave them trouble.
Having already exceeded their expectations, who's to say they won't further exceed them? Five of their seven games before the All-Star break are against teams under .500. If they play up to their standards, their momentum should carry into the team's second half.
And they are starting to get healthy. Raymond Felton is back. Iman Shumpert is back. Those are two key players who will enable the Knicks to go on a run.
When Felton fractured his right pinky on Christmas Day, he missed a month's worth of games. He is averaging 15.4 points per game and is a big reason for the Knicks' early successes. The Knicks were 7-7 in his absence.
The injury put the load on 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 35-year-old Pablo Prigioni to run point. It's not that they didn't perform, they just need some rest. Without Felton, their minutes went up and consequently, their production down.
When Kidd was the primary ball-handler, he was much less productive than when he played the 2 with Felton in the lineup.
Admittedly, Felton's not 100 percent yet, but he creates plays and gets his teammates involved. In the games without Felton, there was much more one-on-one isolation.
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