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What Should Knicks Fans Look Forward To In 2019-20?
Twenty-nine different opposing NBA teams will walk through the doors of Target Center to play the Wolves this season, and we want you to know as much as you can about all of them. What’s the order of the teams we’re previewing? It’s actually completely random! Now, a team that boasts a pair of young, talented guards, but a ton of questions to go along with them.
Notable Players Acquired: Wayne Ellington (free agency), Elfrid Payton (free agency), Reggie Bullock (free agency), Taj Gibson (free agency), Marcus Morris (free agency), Bobby Portis (free agency), Julius Randle (free agency), R.J. Barrett (draft), Ignaz Brazdeikis (draft)
Notable Players Lost: Emmanuel Mudiay (free agency), Mario Hezonja (free agency), Noah Vonleh (free agency), DeAndre Jordan (free agency)
What Went Down In 2018-19?
The Knicks lost a lot of games and traded their franchise player for a chance at a superstar and ended up with more questions than answers. They went 17-65 on the year, moving the injured Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas in February in exchange for a package that included young guard Dennis Smith Jr. Smith Jr. went on to lead the Knicks in scoring for the rest of the season with 14.7 points per game.
In the 2018 draft, the Knicks took Kevin Knox, who showed that can be a scorer but left a lot of questions about his efficiency unanswered. Advanced metrics are not kind to Knox, but for the Knicks to have a chance at the rebuild they imagine, he needs to become a plus player.
The Offseason Was. . .
Disappointing. That’s a different word than bad--some of the things the Knicks did might actually work out well, but the Knicks had their sights set on Zion Williamson and one or two max-level free agents. Instead they got R.J. Barrett (who should be a very good NBA player) and a slew of power forwards highlighted by Julius Randle (another good signing).
The Knicks probably did improve their team this offseason but the question remains, to what end? They likely won’t make the playoffs but their talent level might prevent them from getting another high lottery number. The way forward is unclear.
The Big Question:
How many power forwards can the Knicks play at the same time? With Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle all under contract, plus Knox and Barrett needing time on the wing (and maybe the four spot as well), it’s going to be hard to find time for everyone. I guess if you’re the Knicks you hold an intense competition for playing time and let the cream rise to the top, but New York also has to give its young players a chance. Watching head coach David Fizdale figure all this out will be interesting.
This Writer’s Prediction
Probably another last-place or second-to-last place finish in the east and another offseason of crossed fingers for lottery luck.
Describe This Team In 15 Words Or Less
Power forward, power forward, power forward, power forward, power forward, Barrett, Smith Jr.