Additional New York Knicks Info
The New York Knicks are one of the oldest organizations on the NBA. They are one of the originals that began play in 1946. In their earlier years, the Knicks were one of the NBA’s more successful teams. Throughout their history the New York Knicks have won their division five times- 1971, 1989, 1993, 1994, and 2013. In addition, the Knicks have won the Eastern Conference eight times- 1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, and 1999. The Knicks have also won the NBA Championship on two occasions- 1970, and 1973. Lately though, the Knicks have been stuck somewhere below mediocrity. Bad personnel decisions, bad relationships between players and coaches, and bad choices for GM’s have led to this.
The New York Knicks, one of the proudest franchises in the NBA, have been mired mediocrity these recent years. After several combinations of roster sets, they decided to take it all down and start from zero. Last season, they finished the year with a record of 29-53, landing the fifth worst record overall in the Eastern Conference. So, what did they do this offseason to correct this?
It started with the firing of head coach Jeff Hornacek. The team replaced him with David Fizdale, who had just been fired by the Memphis Grizzlies himself. For the draft, the Knicks held the ninth selection overall, which they used on hybrid forward Kevin Knox from Kentucky. Next they made a flurry of small moves in free agency, signing forward Isaiah Hicks, guard Alonzo Trier, forward Mario Hezonja, center Luke Kornet, forward Noah Vonleh, and guard Kadeem Allen. The most important move for the Knicks this off season was to get franchise player Kristaps Porzingis healthy. He hasn’t fully recovered from his torn ACL, and since the Knicks are struggling again this season, there is no rush.
In an attempt to find an organizational direction, team owner James Dolan hired legendary NBA head coach Phil Jackson as team president and gave him full control over operations. The first thing Jackson did was extend franchise player Carmelo Anthony last offseason, a move that was criticized by many. Jackson also hired Derek Fisher as the team’s head coach. The Knicks have been awful this season and currently sit at 12-49, and that became the worst record in the NBA. There are many who say the Knicks should just scrap the entire thing, and start from zero. They have not officially decided to do that yet, but that is the direction they are headed.
The New York Knicks finished the 2014-2015 NBA season 17-65, good for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks entered the 2015 NBA draft with the fourth selection overall as the 76ers and Lakers were able to jump ahead of them via the lottery. Karl Towns went first overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A surprise as D'Angelo Russell went second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks then set their sights on Jahlil Okafor from Duke, hoping the Sixers would be tired of drafting big men and opt for someone else. The Sixers drafted Okafor however, and Knicks President Phil Jackson was left in no man's land, so he selected Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia. The selection angered many fans, as they saw “names” like Emmanuel Mudiay and Stanley Johnson still on the board. Jackson wanted a big man though, and even thought about taking Frank “the tank” Kaminsky with this selection. The Knicks then pretty much struck out in free agency as well.
The New York Knicks, the most talked about (but merely average) team in sports at the moment, had a disappointing 2015-2016 season. They weren't expected to be serious contenders, but they were not expected to be that bad either. The Knicks finished the season 32-50, good for the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. The Knicks made a flurry of moves this past offseason, even without a first round draft choice at their disposal, due to a trade from years back that is so complicated we won't even attempt to explain it. They signed Joakim Noah to a four year, 72 million dollar contract in free agency and traded for former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. Rose and Noah joined Carmelo Anthony and Kirstaps Porzingis in the Big Apple to form quite a unique starting lineup. How have the moves translated to this season? Well, not as they had hoped. So far this season, the Knicks are 17-21, and are currently sitting with more questions than answers.
The New York Knicks were challenged quite a bit a year ago. They thought they had a solid foundation with young superstar forward Kristaps Porzingis, but their idea of building around him never came to fruition, so midseason, they traded him to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Dennis Smith Jr., center DeAndre Jordan, shooting guard Wesley Matthews, and two future first-round draft choices. The Knicks finished the season 17-65, good for last place in the Eastern Conference, and began preparations for rebuilding again.
Following the NBA lottery, the Knicks ended up with the third selection overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. With Williamson and Morant off the board, the Knicks selected Duke freshman guard RJ Barrett. The two draft choices from the Mavericks will come in later drafts so there was not a second first-round draft choice this year. In free agency, the Knicks added forward Bobby Portis, guard Wayne Ellington, point guard Elfrid Payton, power forward Taj Gibson, power forward Julius Randle, shooting guard Reggie Bullock, and small forward Marcus Morris.
The Knicks are a very fluid roster right now, expect changes to their roster throughout the season as they prepare for another lottery pick next season. It will get better in time.