2016/17 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 16

A 1-3 week after barely beating the worst team in the league. Half the team looks like they don’t even want to be playing basketball anymore and the trade rumors are getting louder. AKA a typical February at MSG. By the way it’s decision time. The Knicks are 2.5 games out of the playoffs with 4 teams to leapfrog, and also 2.5 games out of the 4th worst record and 4 teams to leapfrog. They either need to get their act together immediately or embrace the tank and lock down a top 5 pick.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Hernangomez, Willy This one was easy. The only player on the team to look decent in every game AND to look like he’s putting in effort. It’s only a matter of time before he is starting over Noah. 6
2 Anthony, Carmelo Not going to drop Melo too far even though he had a couple stinkers this week. At least not until we see if this is due to being distracted by trade rumors or if it’s something worse. 1
3 Lee, Courtney Lee is still doing his thing. His +/- is a little disturbing, but it’s mostly due to the fact that the starting lineup almost always spots the other team 10 points right off the bat. 2
4 Jennings, Brandon Jennings has the most Jennings stat line this week; 1-11 for 6 point, but 10 assists and 5 steals. Unlike Rose, Jennings puts in maximum effort every night. 5
5 Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingis kind of stinks lately. Lingering injury or time to get on the ledge? 3
6 Kuzminskas, Mindaugas Ugh, it’s already hard to rank the team since everyone from here on down has been a dumpster fire. Kuz was less dumpster fireish than the rest. 7
7 Holiday, Justin Good thing Holiday plays defense, because his offense went off the rails this week. 8
8 Baker, Ron Baker isn’t that good, but honestly I’d rather have him out there than Rose at this point. Rose looks like he’s in full fledged IDGAF mode. 9
9 O’Quinn, Kyle Rough week for O’Quinn. He seems to play better when getting consistent minutes. Something that definitely didn’t happen this week. 4
10 Ndour, Maurice Only played more than 1 minute in the Wizards game and he did some basketball stuff. 14
11 Vujacic, Sasha I knew it. Sasha plays OK in garbage time and it earns him minutes for the next few games. It happens every month or two. Then the coach realizes it’s a horrible idea and puts him back on the bench. 15
12 Rose, Derrick So let me try to understand the Rose defenders. He can’t defend at all, he’s a lousy shooter and he has no court vision/passing instincts, but he can make wild 1 on 3 layups so we should resign him. Sound about right? 11
13 Noah, Joakim You can’t hate Noah because of his contract. That’s 100% on Phil and should be grounds for firing. You can hate the way Noah has been playing. He has absolutely zero offensive game, but now that he’s not able to defend very well he’s useless. 10
14 Plumlee, Marshall If Noah keeps playing like this Marshall might move up a spot by default. 12
15 Thomas, Lance Thomas is coming back soon. Who’s excited? Anyone? Hello? 13

 

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