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Carmelo Anthony on 27-win prediction for Knicks: ‘I laugh at that’

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Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks will be a far improved team and scoffs at the notion the squad can’t improve more than 10 wins upon its 17-win campaign last season.

The source of Anthony’s ire are recent projections published by FiveThirtyEight that pegs the Knicks to win only 27 games this upcoming season. Anthony finds that prediction quite amusing, in fact, and that the team will use any doubts about what can be accomplished to fuel their drive.

“I think we will be better than people predict,’’ he said, via the New York Post. “If you’re predicting 27 wins, I laugh at that. We use that as kind of motivation. But it’s a good thing to be under the radar.’’

The Knicks made some decent additions — Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez will certainly help — and will be able to put a better product on the court — which shouldn’t be difficult considering the team suffered through a franchise-worst 17-65 in a nightmare campaign last season.

A 27-win season arguably is a reasonable prediction and would be viewed as a step in the right direction, especially if Derek Fisher and the coaching staff can make strides in developing raw-but-promising rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

After appearing in only 40 games last season, Anthony’s health and availability will go a long way in where the Knicks end up in the standings at season’s end.

Should Anthony remain healthy and stay on the floor it will no doubt bolster the likelihood of the Knicks winning a few more games. But anything beyond a 10-win improvement? That might be a tall order.

Anthony seems to be saying and doing all the right things heading into the 2015-16 NBA season, especially from a leadership perspective. He also hasn’t taken kindly to criticism, as he’s battled with naysayers on social media on a couple of occasions. Perhaps Anthony is eager to prove any and all doubters wrong and a motivated player can be a dangerous one.