You don’t have to tell anyone in New York that the Knicks are facing a long and problematic rebuilding period. New York has been one of the worst teams in the NBA the past two years and this is despite their superstar Carmelo Anthony and the allure of the Madison Square Garden. GM Phil Jackson and the Knicks FO have struck out repeatedly this offseason in regards to luring in big name free agents, and now face an unfortunate Catch 22.
In order for Jackson to entice superstars to come play for the Knicks, New York has to show the ability to actually win games. In order to win games, the Knicks need talent that is willing to play for them. So with no clear cut route to a player like LaMarcus Aldridge, New York has turned instead to smaller deals for capable veterans.
While Knicks fans like Kenneth Griffin were hoping to land Aldridge, they can’t be too unhappy with the haul this off season. New York picked up Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams and Kyle O’Quinn to go along with #3 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. These five new players will join Carmelo Anthony and likely round out some sort of starting five.
The biggest controversy of the Knicks offseason so far has been the selection of Euro big man Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis has a range of offensive moves that call to mind Dirk Nowitzki, but he is a relative unknown to most NBA fans.