Why Continue to Watch the Knicks?

January 7, 2015
by William Lee
As I tried to sit down after a long day of work to watch and recap tonight’s New York Knicks matchup with the Washington Wizards, it dawned on me why… Why do I still put myself through watching this 2014-2015 season.
A season where the Knicks officially became THE WORST team in the Association Monday night, after the Philadelphia 76ers upset the Cleveland Cavaliers. New York is worse than Philadelphia…let’s just take a moment and take that in and digest that… The Knicks are worse than a team that is purposely tanking. The Knicks are worse than a team that has set into motion a tanking blueprint that is so masterful, that it brought up conversations as to how the league should fix the NBA Draft system. That is how masterful their tanking program is! Yet somehow the Knicks…whom came into the season actually was trying to make the Playoffs (Yes…I know that seems like a long time ago…) somehow is worse than this team.
No one can truly say that they foretold the Knicks’s season to go this bad, no matter how pessimistic you are, no one can foretell that the 2014-2015 season would be the worst season in Franchise history. Evidence of this is that even the Las Vegas SuperBook predicted New York to at least be hovering around .500 with an over under for the regular season wins to be calculated at 40.5. Who knew that when the calendar year turned to 2015 that New York would still be stuck on five wins. Who knew that New York would currently be without a win going on three weeks, currently on a Franchise worst twelve game losing streak.

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 11

Well that was a surprise. Last night the Knicks traded JR Smith and Iman Shumpert for Lance Thomas, Alex Kirk, and Lou Amundson and waived Sam Dalembert. Philly won so the Knicks are officially in 30th. Or 1st if you are rooting for the best chance at that #1 pick. The tank is in full effect!
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Acy, Quincy Acy gets the #1 spot solely for last nights game. 87% shooting. 2 three pointers. 14 rebounds. Team high 19 points. What? 9
2 Aldrich, Cole Cole was on a roll until the Memphis game. It was fun while it lasted. At least we don’t have to worry about Dalembert taking his minutes anymore. 2
3 Prigioni, Pablo I could put any of our 3 PGs in the 3-5 spots, they are all of equal talent right now. And by equal talent I mean somewhere in the high 20’s or low 30’s as far as best PG’s in the league. 4
4 Calderon, Jose Remember when Calderon wasn’t washed up? One of these days the Knicks will aquire a player BEFORE he’s past his prime. 3
5 Larkin, Shane I was about to write how this team is composed of shooters who can’t shoot and PG’s who can’t pass and then Shane ruins it by getting 8 assists against Memphis. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 10

I didn’t show up for week 9 of the power rankings but that’s OK because neither did the Knicks. This weeks power rankings will include the last 6 losses…er…games…same thing at this point I guess.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo His knee is really really hurting so in the 4 complete games he plays he played for 40, 38, 43, and 46 minutes. He then couldn’t even come out after halftime last game. I know Melo is against the idea of tanking and wants to be out there, but the team is 5-28, the knee is getting worse and there are 4 years left on this ridiculous contract. Get the knee fixed and come back 100% next season. 1
2 Aldrich, Cole Great week from Cole. One game he shoots 8-9 and the next night he has 19 boards. He’s not intimidating protecting the rim, but I still think he does a better job than Sam (I should retire soon) Dalembert. 10
3 Calderon, Jose Ball movement and passing are a huge plus, the +/- is a huge negative. He’s an OK starting PG, but I’m worried about having him as the #1 PG option for the next 2 years. 2
4 Prigioni, Pablo His shooting has been off and it looked like he had an eff you game jacking up threes last game, but he still assists and a higher clip than anyone else on this team. 3
5 Larkin, Shane Good thing Shane plays defense, because he’s not very good on offense. Continue reading

Where to Begin

This about sums up the season so far.

Written by Nicholas McGowan

Where to Begin
Let me tell me explain to you as to why I am so happy about the Knicks season so far. Now I certainly wasn’t imagining the Knicks being this bad, but hey, if they up with a top 3 pick in next year’s draft its certainly seems like the Knicks will end up with a stud. I don’t know how many of our readers and listeners follow college basketball but if you want to see some talent then look no further than Jahlil Okafor of Duke or Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. of Kentucky. And we can’t forget about the other consensus top 3 pick Emmanuel Mudiay. While Mudiay originally committed to play basketball at SMU, he could not qualify academically so he headed overseas to China to play for the Guangdong Southern Dragons. No matter the case he is still top 3 prospect and Knicks could certainly use a point guard.
Taking a look at each of them separately:

Jahlil Okafor, a 6-11, 270 pound center is my favorite prospect this year. He shows great maturity and has real sense for how the game is played. His lack of free throw shooting is his only real flaw and he certainly looks as though he can contribute immediately.
Points per game: 17.4
Rebounds per game: 8.9
Assists per game: 1.6
Field Goal %: 65
Free throw percentage: 51.1
Blocks: 1.5
Steals: .9

Karl-Anthony Towns is a 6-11, 250 pound shot blocking machine. While he does demonstrate that he has potential on the offensive end of the floor, he is much more of a defensive presence. It hurts that Towns only gets to play around 20 minutes a night because of the platoon system they use at Kentucky but Towns has still made quite the impression.
Points per game: 8.1
Rebounds per game: 6.6
Assists per game: 1.2
Field Goal %: 52.9
Free throw percentage: 73.3
Blocks: 2.6
Steals: .4

Now I don’t get to watch Emmanuel Mudiay as much as I would like but from what every draft analyst is saying he seems to be the real deal. He is injured as of now with an ankle injury but he posted some impressive numbers in the ten games he has played thus far.

Points per game: 17.7
Rebounds per game: 6
Assists per game: 5.9
Field Goal %: 49.7
Free throw percentage: 58.1
Steals: 1.6
3 Point %: 30

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Knicks @ Raptors 12/21/2014 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

New York yet again got off to a slow start in Sunday’s matinee game, going down double digits when Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry combined for a 10-0 run to lead 17-7 midway through the first quarter. Ross dominated early on, reaching double figures scoring before the halfway mark of the opening period. Raptors shot 50% from the field, including five from downtown to lead 33-25 after one quarter of play. New York was able to stay somewhat in the game by getting to the line nine times, failing to convert only once.

Back to back threes by Lowry and potential sixth man of the year Lou Williams gave the Raptors their largest lead in the second quarter, leading 52-36 with 5:21 remaining in the first half. A 12-4 run to end the half by New York got them within striking distance 58-51 entering intermission. Carmelo Anthony kept New York in the game, scoring 15 of his 28 game high points in the first half.

With only ten active players suiting up for New York due to all the injuries, the body count dwindled down one more. Samuel Dalembert was ejected out of the game with a flagrant two foul called a minute into the second half. While wrestling for position in the post, Dalembert elbowed Jonas Valanciunas in the face, sending him to the locker room early.

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