2009-10 Record: 29-53
Third place, Atlantic Division
Did not make the playoffs
G-F: Wilson Chandler
G: Toney Douglas
F: Danilo Gallinari
G-F: Bill Walker
F-C: Earl Barron (Unrestricted)
F: Jonathan Bender (Unrestricted)
C: Eddy Curry (Player option)
G: Chris Duhon (Unrestricted)
G: J.R. Giddens (Unrestricted)
F: Al Harrington (Unrestricted)
G: Eddie House (Unrestricted)
C: David Lee (Unrestricted)
G-F: Tracy McGrady (Unrestricted)
G: Sergio Rodriguez (Restricted)
Areas of Strength:
Roster flexibility. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari are both young talents, but the Knicks' cupboard is about as bare as you can get. Donnie Walsh has waited patiently for two years to remake his roster and he's finally got a chance. And even if his top free agent target chooses to sign elsewhere, he should be able to put together the most talented roster the Knicks have had in a while.
On-court leadership and defense. The most important position in Mike D'Antoni's system is point guard. Toney Douglas is a nice young player, but isn't ready to run this team, and the free agent options at point guard are limited. Another priority this summer when filling out the roster must be defense. Neither D'Antoni nor the Knicks themselves have had any success on that end over the last several years.
Two Stats That Matter:
-7.2 -- The Knicks were outscored in the paint by 7.2 points per 100 possessions this season, the worst mark in the league.
186 -- Danilo Gallinari ranked second in the league with 186 made 3-pointers.
The Way To Go:
The Knicks' first-round pick belongs to the Utah Jazz. They just have the 38th and 39th picks in the second round, which they'll likely need to fill out their roster if they spend big money on or two free agents. And much more than the draft, this summer is about free agency for the Knicks. Walsh will swing for the fences come July 1, but it's important that, if the top two or three free agents don't come to New York, that he doesn't spend money just for the sake of spending it. That's how the Knicks got into trouble in the first place.