Community Shootaround: Knicks ‘Super Team’?

The words “super team” are normally directed at the Cavaliers, Warriors or Spurs. However, Derrick Rose thinks the Knicks also deserve that designation.

Rose, who was traded from Chicago to New York in June, not only made the statement, but recently backed it up when he was given the chance to reconsider. “I feel like if you’re in any team in the NBA — it don’t have to be the NBA, it could be the college level, high school level — you should believe in yourself and have the confidence in yourself that you’re playing on a super team anywhere,” Rose said. “So I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back.”

So maybe Rose’s statement was more about confidence building than an actual assessment. But the Knicks do have a lot of talent for a team that won just 32 games last season:

  • Start with Rose, who was the league MVP in 2011 and was a three-time All-Star before tearing his ACL in the 2012 playoffs. He appeared in 66 games last season, which was the most since the injury.
  • Joakim Noah, who signed with New York as a free agent, is a two-time All-Star and has been a productive center throughout his nine-year career. He finished fourth in the MVP voting for the 2013/14 season.
  • Carmelo Anthony is an 11-time All-Star and was the league’s scoring champion in 2012/13. Even at age 32, he remains one of the league’s most dangerous offensive threats.
  • Kristaps Porzingis appears headed for stardom after a meteoric start to his NBA career. The 7’3″ Latvian was a unanimous choice for NBA All-Rookie first team honors and was runner-up in the balloting for Rookie of the Year.

That may not be a super team, but it’s certainly the core of a much improved team that may reach the playoffs. Throw in new additions Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings and a new coach in Jeff Hornacek, and the Knicks could be ready for a major jump in the standings.

That brings us to tonight’s question: How good will the Knicks be in 2016/17 and is there any validity to Rose’s “super team” comments? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.

Leave a Reply

30 Comments on "Community Shootaround: Knicks ‘Super Team’?"

Notify of
avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Scott
Member
Scott
1 month 8 days ago

Super team? Hardly. Their starting 5 is much improved, especially at the point guard position, but their bench looks weak on paper. At best, they will finish 6-8 in the east.

Steve
Member
Steve
1 month 8 days ago

Super old, injured and overpaid!

Miklo916
Member
Miklo916
1 month 7 days ago

Who ain’t overpaid.

DarkGhost
Member
DarkGhost
1 month 8 days ago

Super team LOL? What is D rose smoking.

Brandon
Member
Brandon
1 month 8 days ago

Not good enough . Lucky to sneak in at the 8th seed . Will need starters to stay healthy and Derrick rose to return to form . realistically all but KP are on downside or there careers and that doesn’t bold well for a team fighting for the playoffs

aarongill
Guest
aarongill
1 month 8 days ago

7th seed. Setting too high expectations.

CAVS0223
Member
CAVS0223
1 month 8 days ago

If they can mesh well, I could see them fighting for an 8 seed. Also depends on their health. This team has three shaky guys health wise and no bench. But they might make enough noise to get an 8 seed.

ajjosan
Member
ajjosan
1 month 8 days ago

I wish my knicks were a super team

hill
Member
hill
1 month 8 days ago

If things go well, they could win 48.

Ssssuper.

MARCUS
Member
MARCUS
1 month 7 days ago

Agreed I was thinking 48 wins as well

Matthew Burns
Member
Matthew Burns
1 month 8 days ago

Are these guys here to work? Passion, intensity… on a mission. KG brought that trait to the Celtics later in his career… no option but to be all in with him eyeballing your ass. Noah needs to be that guy. If not, Rose and and Melo will wander. If this talent starts to march with a snarl, they’ll be quite a handful to match up against.

Jef
Member
Jef
1 month 7 days ago

The new players have been working out with each other since the trades have gone through. I think they will win 45 – 50 games but their success depends on how well Porzingis does this year.

They have to get it done defensively until whatever offense Hornacek decides to implement kicks in.

Connorsoxfan
Member
Connorsoxfan
1 month 7 days ago

No, but a top 4 seed isn’t out of question. Contenders for top 4 I think would be Cavs, Celtics, Raptors, Pacers, Pistons, and Knicks.

Jef
Member
Jef
1 month 7 days ago

I look at it like this. Top 3 division winners get the top 3 seeds. That’s CLE, TOR, and probably ATL. IND and BOS are the next best.

NY will fall into the group with CHI and CHA. (I haven’t seen enough of DET to know what they’re capable of)

If the Knicks win their division they could finish as high as #2, because I don’t see them having a better record than CLE. If they don’t I see them being a 6 or 7 seed.

r.fox
Member
r.fox
1 month 7 days ago

well technically, squirrel girl is a ‘super’hero so I guess in that context, sure they are a ‘super’ team

wpDiscuz

Get the hottest NBA news and rumors before anyone else! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated: