NEW YORK KNICKS
Last Season: (31-51)
No Phil? No, Melo? No problemo. One could argue that the two aforementioned was the sole reason last seasons iteration of the Knicks was failing. Phil Jackson forcing upon his coach a system that has been outdated since the 2000’s isn’t the answer in today’s NBA. Not to mention the often uninspired play of Carmelo Anthony that seemed to stunt the growth of the younger players. Fast forward to this year’s roster and it doesn’t appear to be any better. However, you can definitively say that the New York Knicks are officially in rebuild mode. First, the frontcourt is a logjam after acquiring Enes Kanter in a trade that sent Carmelo Anthony west. He brings excellent rebounding and a knack for scoring around the rim but is also a liability on defense. He is competing for a starting spot with the likes of Kyle O’Quinn, Joakim Noah and high upside Spaniard Willy Hernangomez who did well last season when filling in. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis will be the focal points of the offense which isn’t very encouraging. Three six Latvia has to prove he can stay durable and play a full season before taking the next step into superstardom. Can new addition Michael Beasley who has been telling everyone who would listen that he’s a top player in this league be enough to put this team in the mix? This roster just feels like a ragtag bunch of players thrown together hoping for a miracle. In the end, this Knicks team will hover around or below .500 for most of the season-ending it the same or worse than last season.
Key Acquisitions – Tim Hardaway Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Jarret Jack, Michael Beasley, Enes Kanter, Jarret Jack, Doug McDermott, Ramon Sessions
2017-18 Season Prediction (28-54)