The Knicks may not make the playoffs this year. However, with their talent and league leading payroll, it is not reasonable to lump them into typical rebuilding teams. I expect them to win between 33 and 41 games, depending on how they adjust to a consistent rotation and uptempo game. Knick fans are hopeful that this team that under acheived last year will realize their potential this year. It's somewhat of a long shot. But it is possible. If so 40 to 45 wins and the playoffs would be within reach.
I disagree about the shooters. The Knicks do have some excellent outside shooters, including Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson. Plus they have big-time scorers and penetrators in Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis and Crawford. Eddie Curry gives them solid a low-post scorer who demands double teaming. Channing Fry and Lee give them extra rebounding and nice mid-range to low-post games. Five of their starting six can attract double teams, so they can create havock if they ever learn to share the ball. They have a very deep bench and have added three new defensive players in Jarred Jeffries, Rolando Blankman and Mardy Collins. Plus Crawford, Robinson, Marbury and Blankman are all high-energy guys who can steal and change the tempo of the game.
On paper, the Knicks look great. The problem (and question is) when will they realize this potential on the court? If they do, 41-45 wins seems reasonable. If not 33 wins is likely.