We all know the Knicks went through a tumultuous as fuck period of roster turnover this past season. After all, it was the first year of a new GM/coach, what do you expect?
But it wasn't until yesterday I really looked at how damn much our roster changed. I was dicking around on basketballvalue.com - best site ever, by the way, and I just thought to myself: holy shit, the Knicks played a lot of people this season.
23 different guys played for the Knicks this season. Only six guys who played for Isiah Thomas are still on the team, only eight guys who came out of training camp on the roster are still there.Considering the Knicks hadn't played more than 15 guys since 2005-06, that's a huge amount of people. The 23 guys we played is good for second in the league - the Bobcats played 24 people, and started 19 of them. I would point them out as an example of shitty management, but, hey, they won 3 games more than us. So, stop laughing.
So the first thing I thought was: holy shit, could I name all these dudes? I quickly found I could not, one or two legitimately slipped my mind. So I put this question to you: Right below here are the uni numbers each player wore, with a link to their basketball-reference.com page, which, surprisingly, only took me about five minutes to put together. No cheating by looking at the roster thing on the side of this site or at some other website. I want to see if anybody can name everybody who was on a Knick roster this year: this includes both the 23 people who saw court time with the Knicks this season, in addition to the three players who were under contract with the Knicks, but never actually got any tick. There's a poll at the bottom of the page, and tell me who you missed in the comments.
Now, I'ma quickly discuss why it's crazy that the Knicks played so many peeps: By comparison, the Knicks played 22 guys in Isiah's first year, when he traded for Stephon, Tim Thomas, Nazr Mohammed, Keith Van Horn, and the unforgettable Moochie Norris, retaining seven of the players he had at the year's beginning, so this sort of crazy roster turnover could be indicative of some sort of paradigm shift similar to the one Isiah brought, except Isiah essentially turned a borderline playoff team into the massive sack of shit we had for his years in office, and Coach D'Antoni, hopefully, not so much.
So back to the quiz - pretty tough, huh? I mean, you shouldn't have missed more than four or five, but, still, I wouldn't have ever thought I could miss three people from a Knicks roster, but, hey, it's possible. It's just a really random bunch of people - some dudes who never played, some guys who seem like they haven't been on the team for years, a few guys you might just plain old forget were on the team, and like five guys who only hung around for one or two games. So, yeah, tell errbody how you did. Peep the poll!