Everyone expected the New York Knicks to use their vast trading assets to make some changes to their roster. Instead, the team chose to keep their lineup pretty much what it was last season, perhaps putting their hopes on the chemistry of their core team. Whatever the plan, the Knicks had a great season last year, winning 47 games and the playoff series. So maybe the subtle improvements are a good strategy. Here is a look at what the team currently looks like.
Brunson is at the top of the Knicks' power rankings this season. Signed last summer, Jalen Brunson has continually proved his mastery of the court. His current stat sheet makes him one of two players to average 6 assists and 24 points while shooting 40+ percent from three. The only other player to achieve this is two-time MVP Steph Curry.
Randle is second in the power rankings this year, but odds are that he will determine the team's fate the most. His performance in 2022-23 was off the charts, enough to keep fans glued to top NBA betting sites all season. And while his stopper abilities may need some sharpening, Randle's playmaking, rebounding, and scoring combination is currently unmatched on the team.
While he had a promising sophomore season, RJ Barret has been less than stellar the past two seasons. His outside shot needs improvement, and the team needs to optimize spacing around him and give him wider attack lanes. With that, he could just score more efficiently.
Robinson's offensive range has suffered recently due to injuries, but his impact on the inside is enough to make him a key determinant of the Knicks' success this season.
Quickley recorded a stellar season last year and still seems to have a lot of growth potential left in him. His energetic and disruptive defense strategy should make him a valued member of the offense.
At 28 years old, Hart's plateaued growth is sad. Nonetheless, he can do more for the team if he becomes more assertive on the offensive end of the court.
Quentin is a magnificent three-and-D winger, which is crucial to modern basketball. His three-ball shots have had an over 38 percent on-target rate the last two seasons, and he is flexible on the defense.
DiVincenzo's great energy and playmaking abilities should earn him a higher ranking on this list. His three-point shooting was at 39.7 percent last season, and he may replicate that.
On any other roster, Hartenstein would rank higher than he does on this list. However, the Knicks' formation is so deep this is the only place he can come in. The fact that the coaches have cut back his playmaking tasks only works against him.
Sims has excellent point-black finishing, shot-blocking, and athleticism. But, like Hartenstein, the team's depth works against him, trapping him at center third.
Evan Fournier, Miles McBride, Isaiah Roby, Daquan Jeffries
Evan Fournier, Miles McBride, Isaiah Roby, and Daquan Jeffries and the last four players on the Knicks' power ranking this season. The Knicks chose not to use Fournier last season, and possibly the only reason he is still on the roster is his trade potential. McBride has a decent defense, but his offense is in shambles. Roby, meanwhile, is not inspiring enough to fill the Obi Toppin hole left in the reserve. The player has had zero big-league action in a long time.
By the start of the 2023-24 season, the core members of the Knicks team will have played together for a full summer. That is bound to have created some chemistry and cohesiveness that the team wants to leverage. It will be exciting to see what these players have to say this time.