The New York Knicks have been unanimously picked as the No. 6 overall team in the NBA, according to power ranking polls at SB Nation, ESPN.com, FoxSports.com and NBA.com.
Currently sharing an identical record with the Brooklyn Nets (9-4), the Knicks are tied for first place in the Atlantic Division. The team managed to record two wins last week against the New Orleans Hornets and Detroit Pistons but fell to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. After the polls were published, the Knicks also fell to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.
At SB Nation, curator Seth Rosenthal dropped the team three spots to No. 6 overall. Citing the team's offensive potency, Rosenthal made mention of the regression of the defense and wonders whether the team can return to form:
Back when the Knicks were doing everything right to open the season, we were all over here like "yeah, they can defend, but there's no way this shooting is sustainable." Lo and behold, New York got back to shooting absurdly well this past week, but their defense backslid enough to waste all that offensive efficiency. The swarming defense we saw from New York through the first two weeks has devolved into reckless switching and trapping without any subsequent help. The drop-off goes right down to Tyson Chandler, who's become weirdly passive as New York's defensive anchor.