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

Episode 280: Can’t Lose ‘Em All

Marc and Jay talk about the winning streak, the London game, Galloway, Amundson, and Thomas, and the usual speculation about the upcoming draft and free agents

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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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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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