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New York Knicks: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

New York Knicks 2016 NBA Season Preview

October 7, 2016

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The New York Knicks showed some early promise in the 2015-16 NBA season, posting a 15-18 record at the turn of the year, however a 9-23 stretch from February onto the end of the season found the Knicks on the outside looking in for the 3rd consecutive season.

Here is your 2016 New York Knicks preview.

New York Knicks: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

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Key Losses: The Knicks had some turnover from the disappointing 2015-16 squad, with names such as Arron Afflalo and former 2nd overall pick Derrick Williams signing elsewhere for the 2016-17 season. Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings while Williams signed a one-year, $5 million  deal with the new look Miami Heat. The biggest loss from a team standpoint probably comes in the form of mainstay Amare Stoudemire calling it an NBA career after 15 seasons spent with Phoenix, Dallas and Miami before finishing up in New York. Stoudemire has since signed a deal with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel, however it’s clear the Knicks have moved on from Amare and are ready to look towards the future.

Key Additions: The Knicks have pushed in pretty much all of their chips in a last-ditch effort to make a run at an NBA title this season. New York acquired oft-injured point guard and former 1st overall pick Derrick Rose along with Justin Holiday and a draft pick from the Bulls with veterans such as Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon joining youngster Jerian Grant in the trek to the Windy City for the 2016-17 season. New York also added key pieces in another Chicago Bull by the name of Joakim Noah, signing Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal. Not to mention inking former Hornets shooting guard Courtney Lee to a four-year, $50 million deal of his own.

Taking the bull by the horns: The unemployment period was not long for new Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Phoenix Suns. In all fairness, Hornacek probably shouldn’t have been to blame for the final act before he was fired, but it came as no surprise as the Suns had not beeo to the playoffs since 2010. However, Phoenix didn’t really have, nor do they now, the talent that the Knicks possess heading into this season, making this one of the more interesting stories to follow once the season gets into full swing.

Outlook: With key cogs such as Carmelo Anthony and sophomore Kristaps Porzingis finally getting some firepower behind them in the form of Rose and Noah, this could be a sneaky team to watch. However a lot of things have to go right for New York, like Noah and Rose actually have to stay healthy for once. Until then, I’ll believe it when I see it. I think New York makes some progress from last season, but is it enough to warrant a playoff spot? Only time will tell.

Projected record: 42-40

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