NBA Preview: The 2015 New York Knicks
New York Knicks Preview
2014 Record: 17-65
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The New York Knicks have nowhere to go but up after winning just 17 games and missing the playoffs for a second straight season.
Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher have a lot of work to do in order to get this franchise back on track.
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Key Player Losses: The Knicks lost a versatile center in Andrea Bargnani, who combined for more than 1,000 points and 79 blocks in two seasons with the franchise. Tim Hardaway Jr. was traded to the Atlanta Hawks after two seasons and 35.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Shane Larkin (Brooklyn Nets) and Jason Smith (Orlando Magic) both left after declaring for free agency and performing well at times in a limited role given the circumstances.
Key Player Additions: The biggest addition for the Knicks came with the signing of Robin Lopez. Just turning 27 years old, Lopez is easily one of the more underrated big men in the league and will have chances to do things he wasn’t given the opportunity to do with Portland. Getting Arron Afflalo at shooting guard is another nice move by New York, as the crafty veteran is a career 38.5 percent shooter from deep and has averaged double-digit points his last six seasons. The Knicks signed Derrick Williams, who will likely be the starting power forward and has yet to reach his full potential at just 24 years old and five seasons in the league. Kyle O'Quinn is a decent backup big after averaging 4.4 rebounds in three seasons of limited playing time.
Draft: Kristaps Porzingis will be slowly eased into the rotation, but he has the ability to shoot the ball extremely well and pay off big down the road. Jerian Grant should see immediate playing time due to his playmaking ability and a point guard position that’s rather weak on this current roster. Guillermo Hernangomez will continue to polish his game in Spain.
2015 Outlook: I think it goes without saying that the Knicks starting lineup right now is better than anything they had last year. Add a healthy Carmelo Anthony to the mix and there’s potential here. The Knicks still have a ways to go but with three guys who can really carry their own weight (Lopez, Afflalo, Anthony) a playoff spot in the watered down East isn’t impossible. Either way, watching the Knicks this season shouldn’t make you want to poke your eyes out with a fork.