The rivalry between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets is about to heat up. Both teams have talented players. And their home courts are just six miles apart. The Knicks and Nets will play for bragging rights in New York this season. Who will win? Let's size them up to find out.
Nets center Brook Lopez was an iron man in his first three seasons. But he missed almost all of the 2011-12 NBA Season because of injuries. Lopez has averaged 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for his career. The Knicks have Tyson Chandler, the 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Chandler does not have the offensive skills that Lopez has. But his defense and rebounding make him very valuable. Edge: Knicks.
Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro. He averaged just 17.5 points per game last season. On the other hand, Nets forward Kris Humphries had his best season as a pro. Humphries averaged 13.8 points and 11 rebounds a game last year. On paper, this looks like an edge for the Knicks. But given Stoudemire's injury history and his lack of chemistry with Carmelo Anthony, this is close. Edge: Even.
Knicks small forward Anthony is an elite scorer. He can single-handedly take over a game. Nets forward Gerald Wallace is solid, but he is not on par with Anthony. Edge: Knicks.
On July 2, 2012, the Nets upgraded their roster by acquiring shooting guard Joe Johnson. The Knicks have shooting guard J.R. Smith. Smith is a nice scorer, but Johnson is lethal. Edge: Nets.
The Knicks are a deep team. Point guard Jason Kidd is a luxury off the bench. Backup center Marcus Camby will provide defense and rebounding when Chandler comes out. Steve Novak, one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA, adds perimeter scoring. And Knicks guard Iman Shumpert may be back in early 2013. The bench may be the Knicks' biggest strength. Edge: Knicks.
The Knicks have owned the Nets in the past two seasons, winning six out of the last seven meetings. But the gap has shortened. The Nets are an improved team. This Knicks-Nets matchup will be very fun to watch this season.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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