17. New York Knicks

Record: 4 - 4
Last Week's Rank: 14
Last Week's Results: L vs. Toronto, 85-90 (Mon); L vs. Charlotte, 110-118 (Wed); W @ Washington, 99-96 (Fri); W @ Detroit, 103-80 (Sat)
This Week: vs. Charlotte, Monday (1/9); vs. Philadelphia, Wednesday (1/11); @ Memphis, Thursday (1/12); @ Oklahoma City, Saturday (1/14)

Fire the coach! Also, Iman for Prez! The Knicks went 2-2 during a week they should've gone 4-0 if they wanted to live up to their contender status. They've already been booed at home, they barely beat the Wizards, and their new savior is a rookie who's missed half of the season's games to injury. If Shumpert can bring some stability to the point guard position, get Amar'e and 'Melo to coexist better, turn RC Cola into wine, and win the Rookie of the Year award in January, the Knicks could be very good. If Toney Douglas sees extended playing time for whatever reason though, things could get ugly for this Knicks season quick. Stay tuned, should be interesting either way. —Jack Erwin