John Schmeelk

The Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, right, battles the Hawks’ Paul Millsap for a rebound during the second half at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: The Numbers Lie — The Knicks’ Defense Is Still Horrid

If you just look at the stats, it appears the Knicks are playing pretty good defense this season. Teams are only averaging 98.4 points against them and shooting 44.7 percent from the field. But those numbers are illusions hiding a simple fact.

11/11/2014

Derek Fisher (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Derek Fisher Was The Difference In Knicks’ Win Over Cavaliers

The Knicks would not have beaten the Cavs last year. Not with Mike Woodson as their head coach. Not in a million years.

10/31/2014

The New York Knicks during open practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: In Transition Season, Knicks Will Finish Over .500 And Make Playoffs

I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.

10/29/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket as Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors defends and Quincy Acy #4 of the New York Knicks looks on during their preseason NBA game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: 10 Questions That Will Determine The Knicks’ Success

Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.

10/28/2014

Carmelo Anthony #7 and J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks shake hands during a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: What To Do, What To Do? Breaking Down The Knicks’ Lineup Options

The only starters that appear certain are Carmelo Anthony (likely at small forward) and Jose Calderon. The other positions all seem to be, potentially, up for grabs.

10/24/2014

Shane Larkin (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ 1 Way To Win? Groom Young Guards Into 2-Dimensional Players

Most of New York’s players are what they are: one-dimensional guys. Shumpert, Hardaway and Larkin can be more than that.

10/22/2014

Carmelo Anthony #7 and Amar'e Stoudemire #1  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Derek Fisher Should NEVER Start Melo And Amar’e Together

The trouble always remains the same: When it comes to team defense, Stoudemire cannot be hidden. He continues to play the same abhorrent team defense that he has his entire career.

10/21/2014

Andrea Bargnani (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Breaking Down The Knicks’ Power Forward Conundrum

Derek Fisher has wisely used the first four preseason games to experiment with different player combinations. But he has been shorthanded at one of the most competitive spots on the roster.

10/16/2014

The New York Knicks huddle during practice at West Point Military Academy on September 30, 2014 in West Point, New York. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: What To Watch For In The Knicks’ Preseason Opener

Can Anthony fit into the triangle? Will he get shots in rhythm in spots where he likes to score? Will the ball move? Will he be willing to move off the ball and cut for easy baskets?

10/08/2014

Assistant coach Jim Cleamons and Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks talk during practice at West Point Military Academy on September 30, 2014 in West Point, New York. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Are Talking The Talk About Defense, But Will They Walk The Walk?

When the preseason starts in four days, we’ll see how much head coach Derek Fisher is getting through to his team.

10/03/2014

Marc Gasol (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ Options In 2015 Could Make Or Break Melo Era

Anthony doesn’t have many years left in his prime. It’s the summer of 2015 or bust. Unfortunately for the Knicks, their options next offseason are somewhat limited.

07/25/2014

Head coach Derek Fisher of the New York Knicks speaks with Shane Larkin against the Dallas Mavericks on July 11, 2014 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Fisher To Face Big Challenges In First Year On The Job

Assuming the Knicks want to play a nine- or 10-man rotation for most of the season, Fisher is going to have to bench guys that expect to play serious minutes.

07/22/2014

Jason Smith (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Jason Smith Gives The Knicks Much-Needed Depth Up Front

With too many wings and not enough big men, the Knicks had to add more depth up front, and they did that by signing Jason Smith.

07/16/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Dow NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Fans Should Be Disappointed By Details Of Melo’s Contract

They should still be happy that their star is back and that the Knicks will be very competitive for the next four to five years, but it is going to be very hard to get to a championship level during that same time frame.

07/16/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Melo Must Be Prepared To Face Dark Side Of Being A Star In N.Y.

The natives are always restless, and as Melo embarks on the second half of his Knicks career, he is going to learn that quickly. How he handles it will help define his Knicks career.

07/15/2014

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