With a record just under the .500 mark, things are currently going great for the New York Knicks. The young core is finding its groove, with the veterans leading them towards what looks like the first playoff experience for most of them.
The Knicks are currently 14-16 and are turning a few heads along the way. Many people that had written them off prior to the beginning of the season are left surprised at how efficiently Tom Thibodeau’s team has been performing.
To take things into perspective, last year the Knicks had to play a total of 50 games, before finally winning their 14th. Travel a year before that, during that horrendous 2018-19 season, and the Knicks would get their 14th win on the 70th game of the season.
There are some glaringly obvious signs of improvement in New York. Even though the players are doing a tremendous job handling all the pressure of the media, we must give credit where it is due. That credit is due Tom Thibodeau and Leon Rose, who have completely transformed a tanking franchise into a playoff contender with the snap of a finger.
After trading for Derrick Rose, the team is looking better than ever, in this new rebuilding Knicks era. In a front office with the tendency to pull the trigger on countless trades, could we be seeing even more change in Madison Square Garden soon?
Without disrupting the young core, the New York Knicks should try and trade a top-tier perimeter defender in Matisse Thybulle.
Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers has quickly made his mark as being one of the league’s best when it comes to defending the perimeter. Selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Thybulle managed to sneak into Philly’s rotation remarkably fast for his age.
Unfortunately, his chances on the floor are now limited, due to the elevated level of play by Seth Curry, who is holding onto the starting shooting guard spot very tightly. As a result, his growth has now been paused on a team with championship aspirations.
The New York Knicks need to continue their youth development and solve their guard issue, while the Philadelphia 76ers desperately need some shooting. What could a trade between these sides look like?