2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 15

The Knicks went 2-1 this week which is their 2nd winning week in a row. Great news if you like meaningless wins, not so great if you are rooting for a top 3 draft pick. One more week until the all-star game after which Melo will hopefully shut it down and the Knicks will get the tank back on track.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo shot 52% against the Lakers. It’s rare when Melo has a good shooting night but he was able to do that and hurt our draft position on the same day. What an awesome brand he’s building! 1
2 Calderon, Jose Look who learned to get assists again! A slightly less washed up looking PG makes a huge difference on this team. 6
3 Amundson, Lou I wonder what the teams record would have been last year if everyone tried as hard as Lou does every night. 7
4 Smith, Jason Smith has looked like an actual NBA player lately. I don’t know what to make of that. 9
5 Galloway, Langston The shooting is still bad and he doesn’t assist very much, but the defense and rebounding is still solid. Continue reading

Episode 282: Shut it Down

Marc and Jay talk about the Knicks turnaround, interview with a crazy fan, ex Knicks starting on championship contenders, developing young players, revisiting our preseason predictions, tons of emails, facebook questions and more

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Knicks Get Unexpected Breather Thanks to Snow

In mid-January when predictions of crippling snowstorms came through from the US National Weather Service the NBA took the decision to postpone the NY Knicks home game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings had arrived in New York on Sunday night but, with the huge snowstorm apparently set to wreak havoc, it looked likely that the team could end up stranded in The Big Apple. The NBA postponed the matchup just after lunchtime, leaving the Sacramento side to make a hasty dash to Toronto for their next game.

The threat of a “potentially historic blizzard” also prompted driving curfews along with airport, subway and school closures across New York. When the storm failed to materialise in quite the manner which had been forecasted, Mayor Bill de Blasio had to defend himself against claims that such measures were a gross overreaction. He was acting only on the information he had to hand.

Massachusetts and Connecticut did endure very heavy snowfall but New Yorkers were left thinking to themselves “Is that it?”

Naturally, this is not the first time in history that a Knicks game has had to be cancelled, there have been 15 postponements in all. Most recently, Hurricane Sandy put paid to 2012’s opening match of the season but the last time snow forced a Knicks game to be called off was in 2000 when travelling to Washington DC. Other cancellations to be called included the immediate game following the assassination of President Kennedy.

The Knicks poor season continues. Sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division at the time of the Kings game, with a 9-38 record, the short weather-bound break might help them to take a breather and regroup.

The game against Sacramento Kings has been rescheduled for March 3. Tickets bought for the January 26 game will still be valid and fans can also look here for their NBA fix.

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 14

With the Kings game being postponed due to snow the Knicks have their first above .500 week since…week 2. Those worried about the winning streak effecting their tank job should realize the Knicks can’t beat anyone without Melo and he’ll most likely be shutting it down after the all star game which is in 2 1/2 weeks.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo If he wasn’t rebounding and getting a few assists he wouldn’t be this high because his shooting has been off. He’s been making up for it by getting to the line and grabbing boards. Not sure why he’s playing over 40 minutes a game, it seems kind of insane to me. 1
2 Thomas, Lance Every week it seems some random player on the Knicks shoots into the top 3. Lance earned it this week with a great game against the Magic and a strong showing in his first start as a Knicks against the Hornets. 8
3 Galloway, Langston Galloway has the confidence of a guy who has been in the league more than a month. I’m starting to think he has potential to be a solid backup PG next year. 3
4 Aldrich, Cole Coles rebound rate is insant. Might be because no one else on the team can do it, but I’m still impressed. 10
5 Hardaway Jr., Tim Oh. My. God. THJ shot over .500 last game! Huzzah! He even got some rebounds and assists. Yes it was against a bad team missing one of their best players but still! Continue reading

Episode 281: Talking Knicks with Chris Herring

Chris Herring from the Wall Street Journal joins Marc and Jay as they talk about strategies for team building, draft prospects, revisiting the Tyson Chandler trade, player development, players to keep going forward, Amare, and much much more

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 13

For the first time in 5 weeks the Knicks have won a game, going 1 and 1 this week. I hope they got the winning out of their system. We’re in tank more and this is a tough week for tanking with Philly, Orlando, and Charlotte coming up.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo I’m torn, do I give Melo the #1 spot because he played great or penalize him for getting us a win when we’re trying to tank? 11
2 Calderon, Jose Literally no one else on this roster put together two really good games so *pulls name out of a hat* congrats Jose, you had your monthly good game against Milwaukee and it earned you the #2 spot this week. 9
3 Galloway, Langston Going with the trend of having 1 good game, Galloway went off against the Pelicans. Hardaway should be very nervous, Galloway will be taking Hardaway and Priggys minutes going forward. 3
4 Amundson, Lou Lou has a terrible shot but he knows that so he mostly just gets rebounds and blocks, which are things our other big men don’t really do. 13
5 Smith, Jason The fact that Jason Smith has the 5th best week on this team goes a long way in explaining the 6-36 record. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 12

These rankings are being posted on the 1 month anniversary of the Knicks winning a game. They have now lost 25 of the last 26 games. Just to put this season in perspective; Philly, a team that is trying to lose as much as possible has won 7 games in that same span of time. At least we can get excited about Langston Galloway. 
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Larkin, Shane Shane was the most consistant player on the Knicks this week and by that I mean the only consistant player. 5
2 Wear, Travis If you are wondering how it’s possible that the Knicks are this bad just take a look at this top 5. That should help put things in perspective. 7
3 Galloway, Langston Not a bad first week on the job. From the D-league to a top 3 player on the team. N/A
4 Acy, Quincy How come Acy can hit 3 point shots now but can’t seem to hit 10 foot ones? 1
5 Early, Cleanthony Early is still very raw but has shown enough flashes of good play to get me excited for his development. Then I remembered the Knicks don’t develop players so I hope he has a long and great career for whatever team the Knicks trade him to in a year or two. Continue reading

Episode 279: Later JR

Marc and Jay break down the JR and Shumpert trade, talk about the Galloway signing, tanking, Phil Jacksons comments on the state of the Knicks, an interview with JR, this years Knickeffect list

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Knick Effect 2014/15

In 2010/11 and 2011/12 (I slacked in 2013) and 2013/14 I kept a Knick Effect list.  What this is is a list of every player that has had his highest or second highest scoring game of the season against the Knicks.  I started this because it seems like every game some random guy on the bench is going off against the Knicks.  In 2010/11 there were 37 instances of the #Knickeffect and in 2011/12 there was an astounding 44.  In 2013/14 oddly enough the number went down to 31.  Lets see how long the list gets this year in the return of the #Knickeffect

Update:  On 12/27/14 we had our first triple #Knickeffect!

Highest scoring game of the season

10/29/14 – Doug McDermott – 12 points
11/7/14 – Deron Williams – 29 points
11/8/14 – Kyle Korver – 27 points
11/12/14 – Evan Fournier – 28 points
11/14/14 – Gordon Hayward – 33 points
11/19/14 – Kevin Martin – 37 points
11/26/14 – Dirk Nowitzki – 30 points
12/4/14 – Kyrie Irving – 37 points
12/9/14 – Omer Asik – 16 points
12/10/14 – Marco Belinelli – 22 points
12/14/14 – Terrence Ross – 22 points
12/18/14 – Jimmy Butler – 35 points
12/27/14 – DeMarcus Cousins – 39 points
12/27/14 – Darren Collison – 27 points
12/28/14 – Wesley Matthews – 28 points
1/4/15 – Zaza Pachulia – 16 points
1/5/15 – Tony Allen – 14 points
1/10/15 – P.J. Hairston – 15 points
2/1/15 – Jordan Clarkson – 19 points
2/20/15 – Shabazz Napier – 18 points
2/25/15 – Jonas Jerebko – 20 points
3/4/15 – George Hill – 21 points
3/15/15 – Brandan Wright – 18 points

2nd highest scoring game of the season

10/29/14 – Taj Gibson – 22 points
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