Originally written May 07, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:
This has made me sick to my stomach all year long. Knicks fans, which happen to be the worst kind in the NBA, have continually bragged about how great their team is. Some even think they have a chance to take down the Heat, which may be more ridiculous than Carmelo stealing a first place MVP vote from LeBron. To start off, I will give credit where it is due, a 54-28 record along with the Atlantic Division title is something to be proud of, but this team is good at best, a measuring stick if you will. If the Knicks were a Western Conference team, there is no way they would finish in the top 5, and would probably end up as the 7-seed. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens Hypothetical situation: prior to this season, the Knicks and the Warriors switched divisions. The Knicks are now in the Pacific, with the Warriors in the Atlantic. Each NBA season, teams play 52 in conference games, and 30 out of conference, so there is a fairly large sample size for both. This year, New York went 37-15 against the East, and 17-13 against the West. Those two winning percentages are .711 and .566 respectively. So in our hypothetical situation, in the Western Conference the Knicks would finish at roughly (rounded up) 51-31. Still a respectable record, but if in the Pacific Division (or any West Coast Division for that matter) they finish no higher than the 5 seed and face Denver in the first round. With these same calculations, the Warriors would finish (rounded up) 50-32. Yes, the Knicks would still have the better record, but this still gives Golden State the Atlantic Division Title, along with the same 2-seed that the Knicks got. It would, by theory, could also give Steph Curry the one MVP vote that Carmelo stole from LeBron. So Knicks fans, please relax a little. Congratulations on your playoff series win, but cool it with how much you love this team. The Pacers will handle you in no more than 6, and you probably wouldn’t even be in the 2nd round if you were in the West. -Langer
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