Community Shootaround: Knicks Predictions

Knicks team president Phil Jackson‘s previous two offseasons at the helm of the franchise were underwhelming to say the least. Jackson failed to land another star in free agency to play alongside Carmelo Anthony, and if not for snagging Kristaps Porzingis in the 2015 Draft Lottery, the executive would have failed to add a true impact player during his first two years on the job.

Well, this offseason has certainly been a different story in New York thus far. Jackson has already acquired oft-injured point guard Derrick Rose from Chicago, come to an agreement on a deal with center Joakim Noah, added Brandon Jennings to spell Rose and reached a contract agreement with versatile two-way guard Courtney Lee. The team has also made a number of other low-key additions, agreeing to deals with Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez and re-signing combo forward Lance Thomas.

There’s little doubt that New York is an improved club over last year’s version, but the team and its fans should be nervous about how many games the new additions will actually be in uniform for given their respective injury histories. If Rose, Noah and Jennings can remain healthy — which is a BIG if given their track records — the Knicks could be a fun team to watch. Whether or not these moves will translate into a playoff berth is an entirely different question. One that I am posing to you this evening:

How will the Knicks’ new-look roster fare in 2016/17?

Here’s New York’s current projected depth chart, courtesy of RosterResource.com:

Starters: Rose (PG), Lee (SG), Anthony (SF), Porzingis (PF), Noah (C)

Reserves: Jennings, Thomas, Justin Holiday, Kuzminskas, Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn.

Are the Knicks a playoff team in 2016/17? If so, give us your win total and postseason seeding predictions. Or, if you think New York will be a bust next season, tell us why and provide us with your loss totals for the squad. We look forward to what you have to say.

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danieldash428
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danieldash428
2 months 20 days ago

They’ll be the 5 seed in the east going into the playoffs but won’t win a playoff series

the dude
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the dude
2 months 20 days ago

The Knicks will be decent. I think at least 7-8 seed, but it’s still too far away from the start of the season to really properly predict. If Wade leaves Miami the Knicks have a better shot, if Philly gets a shooter or trades Noel/Okafor for some help they will have a better shot at the playoffs, if the Nets…NVM…Hornets will probably drop out this year as well as the Hawks too, so there is a good chance the Knicks make it.

nyjets21
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nyjets21
2 months 20 days ago

What happened to Galloway? Should be a key bench player.

Michael Gelb
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Michael Gelb
2 months 20 days ago

If they stay healthy they can potentially be a top 4 seed in the east. This team is better than the 2014 bulls who won 50 games.

Bryce Strawn
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Bryce Strawn
2 months 20 days ago

5th or 6th seed. Cle,Tor,Ind, and Bos will be better. Them and Det will fight for 5th seed

Jordan Marshall
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Jordan Marshall
2 months 20 days ago

Completely agree with Bryce Strawn, but I have it Cleveland, Indiana, Toronto, Boston and then New York, Detroit, Washington, Atlanta fighting for spots 5-8.

Derrick Rose Fan
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Derrick Rose Fan
2 months 20 days ago

The Knicks are going to the Playoffs. The East hasn’t really gotten better. Indiana has done a lot during free agency but I don’t believe their talent can match The Knicks.
Derrick Rose is going to be a All Star this season. He’s in a contract year. He knows he’s got to play the best basketball he can play or he may not have a starting job next season. What ever bit of basketball he has it’s going to be on the court next season.

groogas
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groogas
2 months 20 days ago

No reason to assume Rose and Noah stay healthy for most of the season. So you’re left with Melo and KP shouldering the load, with role players. In a weak east, maybe good for 8th-seed. So incremental improvement, but no closer to title and no lottery pick to hope for. So no reason for optimism.

SpacemanSpiff
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SpacemanSpiff
2 months 20 days ago
Haha man how could you look at what they did compared to the team they ran out the past 2 and say no reason for optimism? Its entirely possible Rose and Noah stay healthy this year and even if they dont for the whole season saying this is only an incremental improvement from the last 2 years is a joke. I see a couple of options here, you have no idea what you are talking about, dont watch the knicks and probably are a dubs fan meaning youve watched basketball for a total of 2 years, or you are just… Read more »
gary
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gary
2 months 20 days ago

Do remeber the injuries that the team had last year and still finished within reach of the 8th seed, and the starting 5 was a varsity compared to this 5, so before we predict injuries, lets be happy to be relevent.

Z.....
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Z.....
2 months 20 days ago
They still need to add another 2 guard off the bench that can shoot it, and give you some defense (can still go over cap to keep Galloway), and it would be nice if they either had a wing or production from Early….I would also bring Noah off the bench…. But if this team can stay healthy, they should be pretty competitive. Its hard to say anything about the playoffs right now, b/c there is still so much offseason left, and other teams are going to be right there as well. There will probably be a lot of close games… Read more »
Jared from Subway
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Jared from Subway
2 months 20 days ago

If healthy, 2nd seed in the East. I mean honestly look at it, beyond Cleveland, who’s exactly a world-beater? Toronto did nothing this offseason, Atlanta added that bum of a cancer Howard, Heat look exactly the same but older, Pacers added a few pieces but also lost a few. I fully expect the Knicks to compete for a top 3 spot in the East.

Grant Weddle
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Grant Weddle
2 months 20 days ago

The Pacers added Young, Teague, and Jefferson at the price of Mahinmi and the Hill Trio. I think they definitely improved and should contend. The Raptors, Hawks, and Heat (with Wade) did enough to stay competitive amd the Hornets Bucks Pistons and Celtics are all improving. Not to mention if the Magic and Wizards are anle to figure out their rosters and bounce back. Sorry the Knicks are lucky to make it withtheir roster and have slim chance of a top 3 seed. Celtics Raptors and Cavs have those on lock

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