2019/20 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 1

As usual the first rankings of the year has a ton of new faces. 9 to be exact. Since the season hasn’t started yet this weeks rankings are mostly based on past performance and expected performance. I’m not weighing preseason very heavily. Randle was a 21 and 9 guy over the course of an 82 game season, a few underwhelming preseasons games aren’t going to drop him.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Morris, Marcus Morris put up 14 and 6 last season as the 4th or 5th option. I expect he’ll look even better on a team with no clear cut #1 option.
2 Randle, Julius If Randle averages 21 and 9 again for the Knicks does he make the all star team in the east?
3 Robinson, Mitchell We know he can block shots, but can he stay on the court? Foul trouble is a huge concern.
4 Barrett, RJ Barrett is hard to rank right now. He’s supposed to be very good, but his shot looks a little clunky. One thing is for sure, with the Knicks sketchy backcourt he’ll have every opportunity to show what he’s got.
5 Gibson, Taj Gibson has been consistent for a decade now. He’s getting up there in age but he’ll be a solid piece off the bench.
6 Ellington, Wayne A career 38% 3 point shooter makes him one of the best and most consistent shooters in the last decade (ever?) for the Knicks.
7 Payton, Elfrid Payton had a really nice stretch last season, but has looked pretty trash in his prior seasons. I’m going with cautiously optimistic here.
8 Portis, Bobby Portis is another guy who has had pretty good stretches. Has trouble staying on the court though.
9 Dotson, Damyean Was thinking Dotson was going to get lost in the rotation, but the more I think about it the more I’m thinking he’ll be the first guard off the bench for most of the season.
10 Smith Jr., Dennis Quickly losing faith in Smith. I’m starting to see why Mavs fans were pretty happy he was gone. Still young and time to make a leap, but not sure it happens.
11 Knox, Kevin There’s a lot of potential here, but Knox really needs to work on defense, shooting, and passing. Maybe rebounding too. Pretty much everything.
12 Ntilikina, Frank Here’s where the pitchforks come out, but what has Frank done to rank him any higher? He plays good defense but I think even that is being overrated at this point. He needs to show something on offense. Anything.
13 Trier, Allonzo Trier can score, but with Ellington (and eventually Bullock) he’s pretty expendable now.
14 Allen, Kadeem I like Allen, but I don’t think he’s going to see the court unless there are a few injuries.
15 Brazdeikis, Ignas I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of Iggy this season unless we’re including G league games.
16 Bullock, Reggie Bullock is going to be out for a while, can’t put him above any of the healthy players unless/until someone really messes up.

 

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