The New York Knicks were flying high at the start of the season. Picture Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Are the New York Knicks really contenders?

It was such a promising start to the NBA season for the New York Knicks. They burst out of the gate with six straight wins. By mid-December, the Knicks were 18-5

with impressive wins against the Miami Heat (twice), San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. The general consensus was that these Knicks were for real.

Since then, however, the Knicks have gone just 20-18. The team has looked very mediocre and beatable at times. But what is most alarming is how the Knicks have lost some of these games. So far this season, the Knicks have been blown out five times:

L 131-103 @Houston Rockets (Nov 23)
L 97-80 @Philadelphia 76ers (Jan 26)
L 88-102 Los Angeles Clippers (Feb 10)
L 125-91 @Indiana Pacers (Feb 20)
L 92-63 @Golden State Warriors (Mar 11)

And these blowout losses have occurred throughout the season. This is clearly not championship mettle. This is not how contenders play. In fact, the defending champion Heat had zero blowout losses at this point last season.

So are the Knicks really contenders? The answer is no. The Knicks are a far cry from that team that started 18-5. But they have the personnel and potential to be contenders again. The Knicks have a month to find that early magic and possibly enter the NBA playoffs on a hot streak. This last month will reveal who these Knicks really are.

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 @realEdwinTorres.

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