The Knicks were BAD. The only team that had a worse winning percentage in the entire league, was the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks were the laughing stock of the NBA last season. They finished with a 17-65 season (.206%), which landed them a 4th pick in the NBA Draft. They selected forward Kristaps Porzingis, and were met with boos from the Knicks fans watching the draft. The outlook on Kristaps has changed for most people after realizing that he was not a poor selection at all.
Carmelo is getting healthy after shutting it down after the All-Star Break. The Knicks added Kristaps Porzingis and point guard, Jerian Grant, in the draft. They lost Tim Hardaway Jr. after trading him in the draft and Andrea Bargnani, Jason Smith, and Shane Larkin are all on new teams. The Knicks lost on their top pursuits, like LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe, but won some 2nd-tier type talents that I think are going to help their team a lot. Shooting guard Arron Afflalo and center Robin Lopez are both joining the Big Apple after leaving Portland. They also added veterans, Kevin Seraphin, Derrick Williams, and Sasha Vujacic. The Knicks have a nice mix of veterans and young talent. On paper, the Knicks should be able to compete (not for a title) way better than last season. Maybe even be a respectable team. Playoffs? Not yet. They are not even in that conversation yet but there’s no way this team should finish near 17-65 again this coming season. Trending: upwards. I have them ranked #24 coming into the new season.