The NBA regular season is still over a month away, so FansFavorite would like to jump the gun and predict where both New York basketball clubs will finish in 2014.
Nets 2014 Season Outlook
2013 record: 44-38
Projected 2014 record: 50-32 | No. 4 Seed in the EastWith Brook Lopez back in the fold, the Nets will get back to inside-out basketball and play through their big man on offense. Lionel Hollins will impart his defensive philosophy on a Brooklyn team that struggled to defend the paint consistently last season. If Deron Williams can stay healthy and motivated under new leadership and in a new system, the Nets could be a dark horse team to keep a close eye on in a wide open Eastern Conference.
Projected 2014 TEAM MVP: Brook Lopez
Projected 2014 Stats:22.2 PPG 7.9 Rebs 1.9 Blks 4.0 Asts
Projected Sixth Man Team Award: Jarrett Jack
Knicks 2014 Season Outlook
2013 record: 37-45
Projected 2014 record: 37-45 | No. 10 Seed in the East
Phil Jackson might be calling the shots in the front office, but the Knicks are lacking the depth and talent to contend for a playoff spot in 2014. Carmelo Anthony will continue to carry the offensive load, but Iman Shumpert is the only willing defender on the team’s roster. Unless the Knicks are clicking on all cylinders beyond the arc, they’re going to be on the wrong side of some lopsided losses this upcoming season. Look for 2015 to be the year that finally gives Knicks fans some playoff hopes.