Oct 20, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) tries to steal the ball from New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland (14) during the first half at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Are the New York Knicks already in position to win the Atlantic Division?

The New York Knicks are already 33 games into the season and one thing is apparent and that is the fact that they are for real and aren’t going away any time in the near future.

With that being said, are the Knicks in a good enough spot with a 23-10 mark to feel good enough about their chances to win the Atlantic Division?

Oct 13, 2012; Hartford, CT, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Judging by the early results, you have to say yes.

We will find out more Monday night when the Knicks host the Boston Celtics for the first time, but they already lead Brooklyn by 4.5 games and hold a 7.0 game lead over the Celtics.

The Knicks have played only five games so far against Atlantic Division foes, but are 4-1 in those games, losing only to the Nets in overtime. They haven’t yet played the Celtics or Toronto Raptors, but have gone 2-0 against the Philadelphia 76ers and 2-1 against the Nets.

Then there is the fact that coming into the season the Atlantic was thought to be the toughest division in basketball, but it hasn’t exactly played out that way.

The Nets have already fired their coach and sit only four games over .500 with franchise point guard Deron Williams playing perhaps his worst basketball of his career.

Other than the Knicks and Nets, the rest of the division currently sits under the .500 mark.

I have been waiting for the Celtics to put together some consistent efforts, but it just hasn’t happened and you have to wonder if it ever will?

It is a little early to crown the Knicks division champs just yet as there is a lot of basketball still left to be played. But the ball is in their court.

We are a little short of the halfway mark of the 2012-13 season and the Atlantic Division is clearly the Knicks division to lose.

If they just take care of business when they are supposed to, they will be the clear kings of the Atlantic when things are all said and done.

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