NBA gambling handicappers have seen the Knicks degenerate into one of the least appealing teams with the NBA gambling odds but that just might change this year.
New York won just 29 games last season and has won no more than 32 games over the past 5 years. But Amare Stoudemire, the franchise player and leading scorer of the Phoenix Suns last year, has arrived to try and save one of the most important franchises in the NBA.
Stoudemire will be reunited with coach Mike D’Antoni, who were together for a highly successful and entertaining run with the Suns before D’Antoni took over the Knicks in 2008.
In most normal seasons the arrival of Stoudemire would have been trumpeted as the acquisition of the year but unfortunately LeBron James signing with the Miami Heat, along with Chris Bosh to form the “Three Kings of Miami” made New York’s splash much smaller on the headlines.
Beyond that Stoudemire is an undeniable second choice to James, who the Knicks thought that they could sign.
Much like their days together in Phoenix, Stoudemire and D’Antoni will again join up for one of the highest scoring teams in NBA betting. What D’Antoni must do is get his club to improve on defense as they have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league for the past two seasons.
New York made more NBA betting online news as they traded their leading scorer from last year, David Lee, to Golden State and let second leading scorer Al Harrington go to Denver.
Raymond Felton arrives as the point guard from Charlotte who will be charged with running the offense and getting Stoudemire the ball. Felton is expected to thrive in D’Antoni’s more creative and up temp system that allows greater freedom for the point guards.
Danilo Gallinari will be a key component for the Knicks this year as he averaged 15.1 points per game and played in 81 games after an injury plagued rookie season.
Stoudemire posted an astounding 31 double doubles last year which is just the kind of production the Knicks will need for NBA gambling success.
In the weak Eastern Conference the Knicks may have enough to steal a playoff spot.