New York Knicks 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
New York Knicks 2016 Preview
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The New York Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in three straight seasons and hope to change things under coach Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks made a lot of moves this offseason and they hope it’s going to be enough to get back in the national spotlight for positive reasons.
Here is your 2016 New York Knicks NBA preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Knicks lost a ton of role players, which includes Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Langston Galloway, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant. While some of those guys are solid and had decent contracts, none of them were going to put the Knicks over the top or help them contend for a playoff spot. However, Grant is a young, promising point guard who showed flashes of real potential when given the chance to play.
Key Player Additions: The Knicks made the trade for Derrick Rose and hopes he can stay healthy and return to the MVP caliber player we saw a few years ago. Rose is a question mark due to constant injuries, but if he can stay healthy and effective, watch out. The same goes for Joakim Noah, who is getting up there in age and also has injury concerns of his own. However, Noah is one of the better rim protectors in the league when healthy. Courtney Lee is an underrated shooting guard who is a career 38.4 percent shooter from deep and Brandon Jennings is a valuable backup point guard who can give you 15 points a night when he’s healthy. As you can see, health is the key word with the Knicks this season.
Draft: The Knicks didn’t have a draft pick this season.
Outlook: I’m not sure anybody knows what to expect from the New York Knicks this season. A starting five of Lee, Noah, Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis is pretty good when you take what they’re capable of doing. However, nobody can guarantee those guys are going to play 50 games together let alone 82. Three of those five guys have injury history and it would be somewhat of a miracle if they all stay healthy the same season. Either way, I see the Knicks pushing for a playoff spot this season. If everything goes right in terms of health, the Knicks make some noise in the playoffs given the talent and potential of the starting five.