East Notes: Knicks, The Morrii, Wall

For the first time in over a decade the Knicks appear to be embarking on a genuine rebuild. It’s a changing of the guard, Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders writes, that extends beyond the literal fact that Derrick Rose is out and Frank Ntilikina is in.

After years of seeming to prioritize headlines over wins, the Knicks have a young core in place and a respected general manager that may just be up to the task of gradually building a winner.

While the Knicks’ decision to take Ntilikina eighth overall in the June NBA Draft will forever be tied to how well Dennis Smith Jr. (ninth overall) and Malik Monk (12th) fare throughout their careers, the 19-year-old represents the long developmental process inherent with a genuine rebuild.

Joining Ntilikina as anchors of the Knicks’ decent young core are Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez and even 2017 free agent acquisition Tim Hardaway Jr., Hamilton writes.

It may be some time before the Knicks end up back in the postseason but the fact that the franchise may, for now at least, be committed to rebuilding authentically as opposed to chasing shortcut solutions is a step in the right direction.

There’s more from the East:

  • Figuring to make the CelticsWizards rivalry slightly more interesting in 2017/18 is the fact that Marcus Morris, brother of Wiz forward Markieff Morris, will suit up for Boston. “I think we’ll still have that rivalry because we don’t like those guys and they don’t like us,” Markieff told Ben Standig of FanRag Sports. “I don’t think that should change with my brother on the team.
  • The Wizards came up short against the Celtics in their second-round playoff series but John Wall isn’t letting the fact that he went cold down the stretch. “Game 7 was not the way we wanted it to end, but I definitely went out swinging,” the guard told Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I didn’t go 0-for-0. I went 0-for-11. I shot the ball and played the game I wanted to play. At least I wasn’t being passive. I was aggressive like I was the whole playoffs. I can deal with losing that way and use that as motivation for this season coming up.
  • Despite going third overall versus Josh Jackson‘s fourth, Jayson Tatum‘s NBA 2K18 rating is one point lower, D.J. Bean of CSN New England writes. Bean reminds readers that the Celtics were unable to secure a pre-draft workout with Jackson, who ultimately ended up with the Suns.

 

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7 thoughts on “East Notes: Knicks, The Morrii, Wall

      • Connorsoxfan

        Tatum is so skilled offensively he will have a great chance to contribute now. Isaac has the highest ceiling, and Jackson should be a good two way player, but not as electric offensively as Tatum and not as athletic as Isaac.

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        • I agree with your player assessments, but think Jackson will come out ahead of Isaac in the end if used properly. I love Tatum’s potential – just hope he doesn’t get rusty playing for a deep team – with more talent coming in next draft! He’d be my second pick after Ball.

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  1. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    Right now I’d say Jackson is probably the best all-around player, with Tatum being the best offensive player…

    Even so, I think in the long run, Isaac may be the best of the bunch. He very well could end up being the best player from the draft period…Out of the three you mentioned, he definitely has the most upside/potential, but he also is the player that has the lowest floor and he carries the biggest risk of the three…

    It is certainly a tough call, Isaac could be an absolute stud, or he could be a rotation guy that never quite lives up to his immense potential…It will honestly just come down to how the Magic are able to mold Isaac, and his success, or lack thereof, very well could ultimately decide the fate of their coach’s and GM’s jobs…

    The Magic have had the reputation of being a franchise that struggles to develop and get the most out of their young talent….But, if they can develop Isaac and help him reach his immense potential, then that could very well make fans forgive a few of their past draft failures…

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Isaac and Aaron Gordon is one of the most athletic groups of all time. Imagine them with pre-injury Lavine that would be crazy

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  2. Jury is out on whether the Knicks will really commit to a multi-year rebuild. While THJ is relatively young, I don’t know that signing him in an RFA overpay (with a trade kicker) was really the best use of 17 mm of cap space for a rebuilding team. Ntilikina was (and would still be) the right pick for the Knicks, however things fall from here.

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