A great fall classic, previews of NBA franchises enliven each year the month preceding the start of the regular season. The rule is simple: every day, a new team comes under scrutiny. On the menu today? The New York Knicks, who want to continue their good work started last season and further improve the overall result. A look back at the offseason, presentation of the squad, reminder of the objectives and prediction, let’s go for the presentation of the Knicks!
What happened last season
47 wins, 35 losses, 5th in the Eastern Conference, eliminated in the semi-finals of the Playoffs. We were expecting a cousi-cousa season, half-fig, half-grape, blah blah. So many words to say that the Knicks have good players, but that we’re being screwed a little and that the outcome is at most a first round of the Playoffs. But no. These Knicks impressed us, driven by the fiery Jalen Brunson – Julius Randle duo. The leader who arrived from Dallas exploded individually to become a player of almost All-Star status (even if he already is in our collective basketball consciousness).
The Knicks did not particularly have the weapons to gain home-court advantage on a regular basis, but showed formidable combativeness to go so far as to overcome the Cavaliers at the end of a great series of basketball during the first round. of the Playoffs, thanks to a Brunson in a trance. In the semi-final, it crosses the Heat, no thanks Tom Thibodeau and his extra-gelar rotations which leave the holders searching for their lungs at the end of the match. Against the Cavaliers, ok. Against Erik Spoelstra’s Heat, on a mission? It’s dead. 4-2 defeat against Miami, the finalist. Are we doing it again this year, but better?
The summer market
- They leave : Derrick Rose, Obi Toppin, Trevor Keels, Scott Perry
- They extend: Josh Hart
- They arrive : Donte DiVincenzo, Dylan Windler, Nathan Knight, Jaylen Martin, Jacob Toppin, Duane Washington Jr
The departure of Derrick Rose, a lost Toppin for another found and above all some nice little additions starting with that of Donte DiVincenzo, who will undoubtedly be an added value in the back position. For the rest, the expected extension of Josh Hart with the group, because the project is to win. The Knicks did not shine and for once, that may well – on paper – put a smile on their face.
The 2023-24 Knicks roster
- Leaders : Jalen BrunsonImmanuel Quickley, Ryan Arcidiacono, Duane Washington Jr
- Rears : Quentin GrimesDonte DiVincenzo, Miles McBride, Evan Fournier
- Wingers : RJ BarrettDaQuan Jeffries, Dylan Windler, Jacob Toppin
- Power forwards : Julius RandleJosh Hart, Isaiah Robby, Jaylen Martin
- Pivots : Mitchell RobinsonIsaiah Harteinstein, Jericho Sims, Nathan Knight
In bold the expected starters, according to the famous sources close to the file.
A group which does not evolve massively, but which retains its initial quality while adding interesting little pieces here and there. As always, we are banking on the Brunson – Randle tandem to carry the group, because a strong ex-inter pair is the basis and it is not Luka Doncic who will say the opposite.