Knicks at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:49 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Jamal Crawford
Their Achilles' heel? Houston's knees. That's why adding Jamal Crawford (17 ppg, 5 apg, 3 rbg ... for the Bulls!) is huge.

Isiah bought more talent to support Stephon Marbury, and a full training camp under Lenny Wilkens helps.

Question is, what kind of team chemistry is likely to develop?

Marbury's the catalyst. If he distributes the rock and keeps everyone happy -- and takes charge when games are on the line -- the Knicks win the division.

Of course, a healthy Allan Houston would be nice.

Roster analysis
The starters: Lot of offense, no defense -- as in none, zero, nada.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Kurt Thomas How many times will he be T'ed up this year? 7
SF Tim Thomas Must get more aggressive; Marbury needs a running partner 7
C Nazr Mohammed Solid 9.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 56 percent FG after trade to NY 7
SG Jamal Crawford New York's going to love his game and attitude 7
PG Stephon Marbury Sweet numbers, but still no playoff series wins 8
BENCH Penny Hardaway on the perimeter. Mike Sweetney, Vin Baker and Jerome Williams on the inside. But keep your eyes on rookie swingman Trevor Ariza. 7
*-out of 10