John Schmeelk

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks on November 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Shooting Guard Has Become A Black Hole For Knicks

The Knicks’ shooting-guard position was supposed to be a strength this year, but so far it has been an absolute disaster.

12/02/2014

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and guard Jose Calderon, right, speak during a preseason game against the Boston Celtics at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 8, 2014. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Wins Aren’t There, But Knicks’ Offense Is Slowly Evolving

As the Knicks continue to sputter through the regular season — and likely to another lottery season — there has been hidden progress within the losses on the offensive side of the ball.

12/01/2014

Phil Jackson (R) and Derek Fisher (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: If Superstars Turn Knicks Down, Jackson Should Follow Mavs’ Blueprint

With the Knicks at 4-11 and closer to the first pick in the draft than the NBA playoffs, chatter has already started about the Knicks’ upcoming offseason.

11/26/2014

Carmelo Anthony on the court during a game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Melo’s Early Injuries Not A Good Sign For Knicks Long Term

Is age already creeping up on Carmelo Anthony? Or are some of his lower statistics the product of the triangle offense and his return to small forward?

11/25/2014

Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks goes for the dunk against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on November 22, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Need To Get Amar’e Stoudemire The Ball More

No one knows how long Stoudemire will stay healthy, but the Knicks must take advantage of his skills while he is.

11/24/2014

Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the New York Knicks during the game on November 19, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: The Knicks Who Don’t Play ‘D’ Need To Sit Or Get Shipped Out Of Town

Pick your metaphor. The Knicks’ defense is a sinking ship. A dumpster fire. A nuclear wasteland. Nicolas Cage’s acting career. The president’s approval ratings. Take your pick, they all work.

11/20/2014

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

Schmeelk: Knicks Coach Derek Fisher Needs To Shorten His Rotation

The Knicks need to play their best players and force opponents to match up against them. It’s the only way this team is going to forge an identity and figure things out.

11/13/2014

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher speaks to his team during practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Dissecting Knicks’ Issues In The Triangle

There’s an adjustment that has to happen, but as coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson have both said, the team isn’t making basketball plays when the system affords the opportunities.

11/12/2014

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

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