Following disappointment in their pursuit of stars, the New York Knicks pivoted to role players, while keeping flexibility moving forward.
Entering the summer New York Knicks fans were excited by the team’s pursuit of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which ultimately ended in disappointment as both players moved to the Brooklyn Nets, creating a powerhouse in the Knicks’ backyard.
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New York responded by pivoting towards role players and young prospects who can help now while offering future upside. Shockingly, though, most of these players are listed at power forward, creating an immediate logjam for minutes in the front court.
The Knicks have a talented young core in which to build around moving forward, a core which is understated due to the intense spotlight under which the team operates, amplified by a rabid fan base hungry for success following decades of disappointment.
Adding RJ Barrett to a core already consisting of Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox was initially met with excitement, but the moves that followed raised questions about the roster’s construction.
While most of these questions cannot be answered until the season is under way and players are settling into the rotations and their individual roles. There are three major questions which need a closer look in order to understand the task at hand moving into the new NBA season.