Well, I couldn’t be more wrong with my prediction with the Knicks last year, calling them the #4 seed or something. This year I’ll try to be more realistic with my buddy Alex Carden helping me write this article. A quick disclaimer: this is only a guess, as we took all of the information we had and formulated a prediction based on the data at hand. This could go horribly wrong like last year for all we know. And for the record, we could end up 100% right. Alright, let’s get into the best/worse case scenario for the New York Knicks, and what Alex and I think will happen to the Knicks during the 2017-2018- NBA season.
The New York Knicks revamped their roster in the offseason and it’s fairly new, as they traded superstar Carmelo Anthony to Houston and acquired Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott in the trade. The Knicks also signed Tim Hardaway Jr., Jarrett Jack, Lance Thomas, Michael Beasley and Ramon Sessions. Point guard Derrick Rose left to sign with Cleveland in free agency. New York also drafted a talented point guard out of France, Frank Ntilikina with the eighth pick in the 2017 draft. A couple of underrated rookies (Nigel Hayes, Damyean Dotson) signed just before the season began. The future looks bright for this New York team.
Best Case Scenario:
The team sneaks into the playoffs with the #8 seed, surprising everyone. The new additions mesh well as a whole, boosting team morale in the long run. Young stars Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina develop into the stars of the future, shining for the team. Porzingis, Hernangomez, and Hardaway Jr. all put up career-high stats this season. Doug McDermott becomes the role player the Knicks have sought after, coming in clutch multiple times throughout the season. The well-rounded mix of veteran leadership, as well as young, raw talent, drive the team into the playoff picture as well as the Knicks squad winning over 40 games. The Knicks spark hope and are finally a legitimate team heading in the right direction.
Worst Case Scenario:
Young star Kristaps Porzingis gets injured and takes a step back in his progression to becoming the next big star in the league. Eighth overall pick Frank Ntilikina is a bust and the Knicks are left without any real direction. Joakim Noah gets hurt again and the Knicks are unable to find a trade for him. In addition, they are forced to continue to pay his massive contract until it expires. Newly acquired prized free agent Tim Hardaway Jr gets injured and/or regresses, making him another terrible contract the Knicks have to deal with. The team ends up firing Jeff Hornacek after another losing season winning less than 30 games. Once the draft lottery comes, the Knicks yet again have bad odds and get a bad pick.
Alex’s prediction: The Knicks will have a mediocre season, and will win 35-45 games. Michael Beasley will provide a spark plug off of the bench to start the season, and then will be put into the starting lineup midway through the season. Kristaps Porzingis will average 20 points and eight rebounds, and Frank Ntilikina will be a spark on the defensive end of the floor. The team will yet again struggle with team defense and will lose many games down the stretch as a result. The Knicks have a lot of potential to win a decent amount of games IF they play together on both ends of the floor, as well as IF they can stay healthy. Hopefully, this year's team can give the franchise a direction and bring back the culture of basketball to the Mecca.
Michael’s prediction: New York will be an average NBA team, winning roughly 30-40 games. The franchise is built upon the young players, and the main goal of the season is simply to progress the development of such players. Porzingis, Ntilikina, and Hernangomez will be the focal points of the team throughout the season. As the Knicks are rebuilding, there is not many expectations for the team to do well. Playoffs are basically out of the picture for the Knicks this season, as they simply do not have the talent and staff to be considered a true playoff team. With Phil Jackson fired, Carmelo Anthony traded, and the dust finally settling, the New York Knicks are headed in the right direction: rebuilding.