The New York Knicks are ahead for a very tough season as their star player, Kristaps Porzingis is going to be out for most of the year with a torn ACL. He could return at some point in February, but at that point the season should be clearly out of hand without much hope of competition. With a win total of just 30.5, the Knicks should once again miss the playoffs and they should be back in the draft lottery once again.Enes Kanter? Tim Hardaway Jr.? Whichever the answer is, that’s not good for your franchise. While the addition of coach David Fizdale is a nice one, I don’t think he’s going to be able to do much with this squad.
That said, they do have some interesting pieces. I’m really excited to see what Mario Hezonja is able to do away from Orlando. That team just never seemed to know how to use him and I really think he could have a good season. He’ll definitely get the opportunity on this squad.
Another piece that is interesting is Emmanuel Mudiay. He should get some minutes to see if he is anything. He’s only going to be 22 this season and that is typically an age where young guards start to figure things out. His three-point shot was atrocious last season, but if he’s worked on that he could be an interesting piece.
That said, I don’t want him taking any minutes from Frank Ntilikina who is the closest this team has to a prospect to grow with Porzingis. Despite only being 19 as a rookie last year, he showed himself to be a top notch defender. If he can grow his offensive game to match the D, he could be quite a player. This team should give him all the minutes he can handle this season as they really have no chance of making the playoffs.
There isn’t a ton of buzz about the Knicks first round pick Kevin Knox, but I think there should be. He’s the perfect combo forward for today’s modern NBA and had a great showing in summer league. I probably should’ve listed him as a starter of Hezonja up top, but that will play itself out in training camp. He’s a tremendous finisher with a decent outside shot so he should get a lot of play this year. I could see him putting up big stats on this bad team so he might even get some dark horse Rookie of the Year consideration. It’ll be great to see what he looks like next to Porzingis, but sadly we won’t see that for awhile.
Courtney Lee is the veteran here (outside of Joakim Noah who I would be shocked to see play a single minute for this team) and you could probably make an argument he’s a trade candidate once things go south here. There are a lot of teams that could use a guy like him.
This total seems way too high to me as I see this being one of the three worst teams in the league. Without Porzingis, they just don’t have what it takes to compete. While there should be some interesting rookies and young guys, they are going to be far more interesting fantasy players than real ones.
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