2016 Free Agent Targets For The New York Knicks: players who fit both timelines

Written by Kevin Meng

July, 2010

The Lakers had barely recovered from the hangover induced by winning game 7 against Pierce, Garnett & Sons, a bloodbath more reminiscent of World War One trench warfare than the finale of the National Basketball Association’s 64th season.

Kobe Bryant was still bitter that he hadn’t been able to shoot his team out of their 16th championship, try his damnedest though he did. The NBA was still abuzz about the draft that had just taken place. Was John Wall really better than Evan Turner? (yes, that was bandied about). Would Demarcus Cousins ever put it together? Who’s this skinny guy from Fresno State that Indiana just drafted? (better known as Paul George these days). And how the hell do you pronounce Hamady N’Diaye, the 56th pick from Senegal?

All the while, Knicks fans around the world glimmered with ignorant optimism about the future. THIS WAS THE SUMMER OF 2010! We had been swimming in a pool of stale water for years, polluted by the now defunct, non-eco- friendly conglomerate known as Isiah Thomas Co. We wanted the biggest names in the game: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh. Actually, we wanted two of the biggest names in the game. Little did we know that they had been in cahoots with Riley in South Beach the whole time, and never wanted to play under the bright lights of MSG.

We wanted James and Wade; we got Stoudemire and Felton. The Big Three won not 1, not 2, not…well, actually they only won 2 titles. Better than the Knicks, though. Amar’e is now struggling for minutes in a league not friendly to old men with knee problems, and Felton is the rare NBA breed that has more gun charges on his record than NBA accolades.

What this long-winded rant about 2010 is meant to demonstrate is that the Knicks in the offseason of 2016, armed with enough cap space to throw at big names (which there are none of, by the way. KD doesn’t count), need to remember their lessons from 2010.

The New York Knicks simply don’t land big name free agents. 6 months of MVP Amar’e followed by 4 years of knee surgeries doesn’t count. What 2010 should also teach them is that just because you have money to spend, doesn’t mean to you have to spend it. When the Knicks struck out on the marquee names, they panicked and overpaid an aging and injury-riddled star to make up for it (respect to Amar’e for how well he played, though, and for always fighting to get healthy. He gave New York his all).

So here we find ourselves:

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Episode 338: Jeff Hornacek

The Knicks have a coach and it’s not Rambis! Marc and Jay give their thoughts on the new Knicks coach, what they expect to see this season and how this effects roster decisions.  Some talk about the conference finals as well.

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Episode 337: Coaching Hunt and Conference Finals

Marc and Jay talk about all the coaches that got signed and or didn’t interview with the Knicks, Phil is maybe secretly interviewing some coaches, the Knicks might be in the hunt for a draft pick, recapping the conference semifinals and previewing the conference finals

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Episode 336: Coaching hunt and 2nd round

Marc, Jay, and Bri talk about all the coaches the Knicks didn’t interview and found jobs elsewhere, and their thoughts and predictions on the 2nd round of the playoffs

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Episode 335: Playoff Preview

Marc and Jay give their final thoughts on the Knicks season, Kobe’s final game, Golden State breaking the wins record, and our predictions for the first round of the playoffs.

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Episode 334: Season Wrap-Up

Marc, Jay, and Stats Guy IV wrap up the season by giving final grades to each player, comparing our pre-season predictions to the actual standings, compare last years team to this year, talk about who is staying and who is going, and more

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Episode 333: It’s Almost Over

Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, the players intervention with Rambis to play the younger guys, strategy for next season, the triangle and how that will effect future players and coaches, and more

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Episode 332: Yes We’re Still Doing This

Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, how good the Knicks looked vs the Bulls, players to keep or not keep for next season, coaching options, and more

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Episode 331: Calderon Saves the Season

Fantasy basketball season that is. Marc and Jay talk about the last 4 games, the new starting lineup with 100% more Sasha, Rambis coaching, free agents, word on the street, joey knicknuts, listener questions and more

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2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 20

The Knicks are back down to 14 as Jimmer ends his 10 day contract averaging 50 points per 36 minutes.   It looks like the Knicks are going to use that final spot on Tony Wroten, who is coming off an injury and most likely won’t play the rest of the season, so that really helps our guard situation.  Anyway, one win and two losses since last week, lets see if I can sort out this mess.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo This might have been Melos beat week of the season. I am a little disturbed Rambis finds it necessary to play Melo 40+ minutes on back to back nights. If he breaks Melo we might not win another game, and we’re on pace to win at least 2 more! 2
2 Afflalo, Arron Afflalo had a really great week. Now that my expectations are up I’m fully expecting an absolutely terrible week coming up very soon. 9
3 Lopez, Robin Lopez has been one of the only consistently positive things about this season. 3
4 Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingis went from good against Portland to not so good against the Celtics, to injured for the Pistons game. Not one of his better weeks. He also ended his streak of eastern conference rookie of the month awards, losing out to Myles Turner. 1
5 O’Quinn, Kyle Congrats to Kyle for being the least terrible guy on the Knicks bench! 10 Continue reading