Preview: New York Knicks

Preview: New York Knicks


Preview: New York Knicks

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STAYING: Louis Amundson, Carmelo Anthony, Jose Manuel Calderon, Cleanthony Early, Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas.

ADDED: Arron Afflalo (Portland), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Westchester Knicks), Darion Atkins (Virginia), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Robin Lopez (Portland), Kyle O’Quinn (Orlando), Kristaps Porzingis (Baloncesto Sevilla), Wesley Saunders (Harvard), Kevin Seraphin (Washington), DaJuan Summers (Gran Canaria), Travis Trice (Michigan State), Sasha Vujacic (Istanbul BB) and Derrick Williams (Sacramento).

GONE: Quincy Acy (Sacramento), Cole Aldrich (LA Clippers), Andrea Bargnani (Brooklyn), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Atlanta), Shane Larkin (Brooklyn), Ricky Ledo (Free Agent), Alexey Shved (Khimki Moscow), Jason Smith (Orlando) and Travis Wear (Gipuzkoa Basket).

STRENGTHS: A recovered Carmelo Anthony is a Top 15 player in the NBA … Vast array of offensive skills that make him one of the most unstopabble guys in the league … He’s got better company than last season … Arron Afflalo is a well-rounded player that can give the Knicks additional scoring punch … Robin Lopez is a superb role player … Hustles non-stop and basically only takes high-percentage shots … Rebounding should be much improved this year … They are in the worst division in the NBA.

WEAKNESSES: If Melo is not healthy enough, the Knicks are doomed … While New York added nice pieces this offseason, there’s just not enough high-quality players around their eight-time All-Star … They are quite thin at point guard with a veteran that has lost a step (Jose Calderon), a rookie (Jerian Grant) and an undrafted second-year player (Langston Galloway) … Overall, there’s not much depth … The Knicks are not in a win-now situation … Realistically, they would be better off developing the young talent they have (namely Kristaps Porzingis) … Expect progress defensively with Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn around, but not that much … Derek Fisher has yet to prove he’s a legit NBA head coach.

PREDICTION: 2nd in the Atlantic Division / 9th in the Eastern Conference.


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