Monday, January 5, 2015

Is it possible the Knicks can out-tank the 76ers?

I've discussed the Philadelphia 76ers' efforts to finish with the worst record in the NBA on many occasions.  But in a shocking turn of events, the New York Knicks are giving them a run for their money.  Last season New York went 37-45, missing the playoffs by just one game (behind the Hawks, who currently lead the East at 25-8, but that's a blog for another day).

At the beginning of the year I wrote an article for HoopsHabit suggesting the Knicks would be slightly better this season.  Oops.  New York just dropped its 11th straight game to fall to 5-31.

In a 95-82 home loss to the Bucks (the team with the worst record in the league a year ago) yesterday, the Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony and all three of their preseason starting center candidates (check the link above).  Anthony has missed the last two contests with a "sore knee," and head coach Derek Fisher said over the weekend there's a chance Carmelo might be shut down for the season.

Even though New York is still percentage points ahead of Philly, the Knicks' 31 losses technically put them a game behind (or ahead of in the lottery standings) the Sixers.

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