2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 5

3 wins this week, bringing the win streak to 4 games!  I’m of course pretending the Miami game didn’t happen.  Those aren’t the Knicks I watched for the first 14 games of the season.  Those were a bunch of jokers who didn’t play defense and couldn’t shoot.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Porzingis, Kristaps It took a whole 5 weeks before our young, too skinny, multi-year project claimed the #1 spot.  Zingis arguably outplayed our superstar Melo in 3 of the 4 games this week, including a 29 point game and a 7 block game (both tops among rookies this season). 2
2 Anthony, Carmelo Melo has been alright this week. Not the untradable superstar I keep hearing about, but decent.  His assists are back down, 5 over the course of the last 3 games, and his shot is still streaky.  Basically classic Melo, very good but leaves you wanting more. 1
3 Afflalo, Arron Afflalo is a legit starting SG, but not one of the best SG’s in the league.  He is, however, probably the best SG the Knicks have had since Starks.  That’s depressing. 3
4 Calderon, Jose The Knicks go as Calderon goes. He played well in our 3 wins and bad in the 1 loss. 5
5 Galloway, Langston For the first 3 weeks I thought we had a deep bench, now it looks like Galloway and whatever random guy ends up playing well for 1 night. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 4

Pretty decent week.  The Knicks went 2-2, were .1 seconds away from beating the Hornets and were in control of the Cavs game until that terrible 4th quarter.  Melo is finally playing well and Afflalo is back in the lineup.  Fishers 11 man rotation makes these rankings pretty difficult.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo scored 25 or more in all 4 games, and is assisting more than our starting PG.  That sounds impressive until you realize our starting PG is assisting at a rate of about 3.5 APG. 3
2 Porzingis, Kristaps The shot is still not falling, which is frustrating, be he’s doing everything else right.  15 rebounds and an (almost) game winner against the Hornets, and his fouls are way down.  I’ll take it. 2
3 Afflalo, Arron A shooting guard who can kinda sorta shoot!  He’s not going to single handedly take over games, but he’s looked good in his first week back and more importantly is taking Vujacics minutes. 14
4 Galloway, Langston An off week for Galloway, but still our most consitent bench option. 1
5 Calderon, Jose Maybe lowering Calderons minutes to around 22 per game was the secret.  He’s hitting shots and every once in a while covering opposing players. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 3

1-2 this week.  Not great, but at least we beat the Lakers.  Barely.  The Lakers are terrible and it would have been very depressing to lose to them.  This weeks rankings are very difficult as there were no standouts.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Galloway, Langston Galloway plays defense, rebounds well for a PG, and seems to have found a 3 point shot.  It looks like his minutes are increasing while Vujacic and Calderons are decreasing.  As it should be. 2
2 Porzingis, Kristaps Back to back double-doubles?  Yes please.  When his shot starts falling he’s going to be a monster. 6
3 Anthony, Carmelo Absolute trash shooting so far this season.  Melo has shot above 40% once in 7 games.  He shoots 20 shots again and half of them are bad looks.  We’re not going to win many games if this keeps up. 1
4 Lopez, Robin Lopez does a lot of things that don’t show up on the box score.  He hasn’t blown anyone away, but he’s been solid. 5
5 Calderon, Jose And this is the problem with a 10 player rotation where most guys are under performing.  Calderon had one good game and made it almost impossible for me to justify putting anyone else above him. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 2

Considering the tough opening schedule, I’d say 2-2 is a nice start.  The flaws in the roster are already becoming apparent.  We mentioned the backcourt was a problem and oh boy is it.  Jerian Grant leads the team in assists with 3.8.  In case you are new to stats, that is not good.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo 1 good game and 3 shooting performances that would make Kobe cringe.  If he wasn’t getting to the line and if he weren’t 2nd on the team in assists I’d already have lowered him in the rankings. 1
2 Galloway, Langston I mentioned last week that Galloway was a keeper if he could find his shot.  Well look who just went 9-12 from the 3 last week! 5
3 Grant, Jerian He plays defense, hits some shots and has the two highest assist games of the season for the Knicks at 7 and 5.  Kind of the opposite of our starting PG. 4
4 O’Quinn, Kyle Tied for 8th on the team in minutes played but 2nd in rebounds.  He’s a high energy guy like Acy was last year, only good. 3
5 Lopez, Robin Solid defense, decent on offense, would like to see more rebounds though. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 1

Happy first day of the season day.  As usual there are a lot of new faces this season (8), and this opening day roster only has 3 guys from last seasons opening day roster (probably a good thing).  Since the Knicks haven’t played yet this is most likely going to be the most positive rankings you’ll see this season.  This weeks rankings is based on the preseason, expectations for the regular season, and gut instinct.  Lets get to it!
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo He’s the best player on the team and it’s not even close. Melo looks fully healthy and ready to post 20-25 points per game. His defense and shooting percentage are things to keep an eye on.
2 Lopez, Robin A center!  A real center that does centery things! We started last season with Dalembert who just got cut by Dallas for being fat.  I’d say this is a huge upgrade.
3 O’Quinn, Kyle Last year Acy had the #3 spot at one point.  A high energy guy that can rebound. Kyle, please be better than Acy!
4 Grant, Jerian Our backup point guard until Calderon gets injured or just turns into dust.  Lots of potential for this guy. I’m getting hyped.
5 Galloway, Langston Galloway is already a nice defender and rebounder. If he can work on his shot he’ll be a keeper. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 21

I got to the power rankings a day late this week so this will be for 5 games, with two wins including an overtime win against the Spurs.  While watching the Knicks win last night was fun, it makes the back to back against the 76ers and the Twolves two very important games in the tank race.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Shved, Alexey Shved has been getting to the line more than any other Knick, he’s been rebounding, passing, he even hit a bunch of 3’s.  This has been the easiest pick for #1 in months. 2
2 Galloway, Langston A PG who plays defense?!?! Yes please.  He may be coming out of his shooting slump as well, which is nice. 5
3 Bargnani, Andrea Is there a rule that only 1-2 players at a time can shoot well for the Knicks?  As soon as Galloway hits some shots, Bargs starts missing. 1
4 Amundson, Lou Lou might have been lower on the list had I done the rankings before last nights game, but I can’t argue with 17 rebounds. 4
5 Aldrich, Cole He doesn’t do much else but man can Cole rebound. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 19

Well that was unexpected. Just as I was googling “most losses in a row NBA” the Knicks get their first multiple game (2) winning streak of 2015. I give up trying to figure this team out.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Bargnani, Andrea I never thought in a million years this would happen. The Knicks win a few games and Bargs has been their best player. What in the world is happening? 3
2 Amundson, Lou Dunking, blocking, rebounding, Lou was Mr. Intangibles this week. 6
3 Hardaway Jr., Tim A good shooting week from THJ! It’s been so long since we had a shooting guard that shot well. Please be a turning point and not a fluke. 9
4 Galloway, Langston Galloway is not afraid to take a big shot. He has to be the Knicks feel good story of the year. 1
5 Shved, Alexey Shved can attack the rim, rebound and pass. If he learned to shoot he’d be an absolute keeper. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 18

Melo shut it down. He wasn’t resting for the all star game. It was a huge cooincidence that he took off the game before and got surgery two days after. Pablo Prigioni was traded and Alexey Shved joins the team. I don’t think we should be asking ‘will the Knicks win another game this season’. We should be asking ‘will the Knicks cover the spread in any game for the rest of the season’.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Galloway, Langston Langston ended his one game good shooting streak against the Cavs but got some rebounds and assists to kinda sorta make up for it. Good enough for the #1 spot. 5
2 Calderon, Jose Seriously, no one on the team can string together two good games in a row. Jose looked good against Miami…on offense at least. Playing well on one end of the court for 1 game in a row is good enough for the #2 spot. 2
3 Bargnani, Andrea Yup, the 3 best players this week were a d-leaguer, a guy who is 33 but plays like he’s 38, and Bargnani. That dunk alone would have gotten Bargs into the top 3. 13
4 Wear, Travis As predicted, Wear benefits from Melo shutting it down and made the most of it. A pretty solid week from Wear. 14
5 Acy, Quincy Is that what I think it is? Yes! A Quincy Acy sighting. There were a whole bunch of random, not very good players that were unchained from the bench after the departure of Amare and Melo. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 17

Only one game last week because of the all star break. The big news is it was Amares last game as a Knick. He went 0-3 with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls, and 3 turnovers. A sad ending for a guy who started out as an MVP candidate just 5 years ago.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Smith, Jason Can’t ignore 25 and 7 on 10-16 shooting. Add in the zero assists and it was a very Melo-esque game. 3
2 Calderon, Jose This may be the last week for Calderon in these rankings. Rumor has it the Knicks are trying to move him. 1
3 Prigioni, Pablo The Knicks are reportedly also considering moving Pablo. It’ll be a sad day in NY if the Knicks move one of their very few likeable players. 13
4 Amundson, Lou This team is so bad a guy who had zero points makes it into the top 5. 4
5 Galloway, Langston OK, Galloway is going to have to stop shooting like crap or I’m jumping off the bandwagon. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 16

If you’re rooting for the Knicks to lose as many games as possible this was a good week as the Knicks went 0-4. They even had a close call at a win against the Nets. We also had the return of Bargs. What a week.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Calderon, Jose Jose is looking like an NBA player again. Good timing, the Knicks only have 2 weeks to make a deal. Raise that trade value! 2
2 Galloway, Langston I’m not ready to say Galloway can’t shoot, but it’s looking a lot like he can’t shoot. But man can he rebound and his defense looks better than any other PG the Knicks have had in the past 5-10 years. Not that the bar was set very high. 5
3 Smith, Jason Smith got a double double this week. I just realized it’s been a while since we’ve seen that from a Knick. I’m not going to do the research but I’m going to say with 80% confidence that the Knicks have the least amount of double doubles in the league this year. 4
4 Amundson, Lou Lou’s hustle and energy make him a fun player to watch. Since we’re a terrible mess of a team we have to focus on the few bright spots and Lou is one of them. 3
5 Larkin, Shane Only on this team can a guy have a not good week and move up 3 spots. Continue reading