Season Preview: New York Knicks
The Knicks enter this season having missed the playoffs the last three seasons. They also have the best chance they have had to make the playoffs. After all, they do have a “super team”.
2015-2016 Record: 32-50
They almost doubled their wins from the season before, but still finished 13th in the Eastern Conference. This was partially because the East was much better last season than it had been recently.
They are still under the solid leadership of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had a fantastic season and that continued through the Olympics. Anthony led the team in points, assists, and rebounds last year. If the team is to succeed in making the playoffs this year, Anthony will need help.
Kristaps Porzingis is the next star for this team. He was second in points and third in rebounds. He also silenced a lot of those fans that booed his drafting. The best part for him and the Knicks is that he doesn’t seem to be near his ceiling yet.
The rest of the success will have to come from the players that the Knicks acquired in the offseason. They picked up Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings. However, none of these are quite to the caliber that Derrick Rose is.
Rose may never again be his MVP self, but if he can stay healthy for a whole season, he provides a much-needed boost at the point guard position. The question is whether his off the court legal problems are going to be a distraction.
If the Knicks can get these players to fit into their roles, then this team could win 50 games.
The Knicks open their season tonight against the Cavaliers.
Malachi David is an NBA contributor at MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD