Want to know who's heating up for a big season on the hardwood? Insider is tapping into John Hollinger's projected player efficiency ratings to see who's trending up and down across the NBA. Ric Bucher rounds out the report by examining a pivotal player you'll want to watch as the season approaches. The series continues with the New York Knicks.
The worst place a team can find itself is mired in mediocrity -- not good enough to entertain postseason hopes, not bad enough to dream of the No. 1 draft pick -- and that's where the Knicks find themselves. Nothing illustrates that better than the almost complete indifference from the rest of the league to two of their best (at least statistically) players, David Lee and Nate Robinson, both restricted free agents. GM Donnie Walsh failed to add anything of significance this offseason to preserve cap space, thereby keeping alive the chance that Gotham's allure and Coach Mike D'Antoni's Team USA ties will land one of the squad's free agents next summer.
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