by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

Last season, the Knicks won 54 games before getting bounced by the Pacers in the second round of the Playoffs.

Over the summer, they signed re-signed JR Smith, signed Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. and traded for Andrea Bargnani. Not everybody loved those moves. Apparently, though, Melo’s a fan of the new additions.

Per theNew York Post:

“We were the top two seed last year,’’ Anthony said. “I think nobody expected that. This year we expect to do the same thing. I actually see this team be better than last year’s team. I won’t get into all the details [why]. But we feel that. We feel we have improved as a unit.”

Last season’s scoring champ also discussed the Knicks/Nets rivalry brewing in New York.

“I love it,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a great for sports. I think it’s great for us as a Knicks organization. To have somebody we can compete with on a consistent basis four times a year, I think it’s going to be the best rivalry in basketball for a long, long time.’’

The two teams will face off for the first time on December 5th in Brooklyn.