Mag NBA preview: Knicks

THE EXPERIMENT of shifting Carmelo Anthony to the 4 after losing Amar'e Stoudemire to injury was a wild success: Through December, the Knicks had a team ORtg of 109.4, shot 39.3 percent on 3s and eventually earned a No. 2 seed in the playoffs -- where Melo reverted to being Melo, attempting 25.8 shots per game. Newcomer Andrea Bargnani will push Anthony back to the 3, where he's less effective (21.8 PER versus 24.8 at PF). That sound you hear? It's the Nets' bandwagon tearing through Manhattan.

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