"Sometimes there's glitches in the computer," Carmelo Anthony told reporters in October. "That's all I got to say."
Melo was referring to the SCHOENE system, a projection system developed by NBA stat guru Kevin Pelton. The system uses a combination of player and team projection in order to provide a hypothesis on how a team will perform during a given season. In October, the SCHOENE system forecasted that the New York Knicks would win 37 games this year. On the surface this seemed ridiculous, given that the Knicks were coming off a 54-win campaign and had all their key pieces back. "I don’t listen to that. We have a very competitive team that’s tasted success the last two years," Mike Woodson told the New York Post.
Well, six months and several disappointments later, the Knicks sit at 36 wins on the season... with one game remaining tonight against the Toronto Raptors. Landing on 37 victories would be a somewhat poetic way to end the Knicks disappointing season that, from one perspective, wasn't disappointing at all. While the SCHOENE system nailed the Knicks win total, it turned out to be more than a little bit off on quite a few teams, most notably the Suns, who it projected to finish the season with 17 wins (Phoenix won 47 games), and the Bucks, who it projected to finish the season with 32 wins (Milwaukee has only won 15 games this season).