Episode 547: First Week Recap

Marc and Jay talk about the first three games of the season and give their thoughts on each player on the roster so far

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2021/22 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 2

The Knicks went 2-1 the first week of the season, which normally I’d be excited about but they really should have beaten the Magic on Sunday. Still this is a fun team that is going to give most teams in the league a fight, they just have to work out a few kinks.
Rank Player Comments Last Weeks Rank
1 Randle, Julius By far the best player on the team and playing at an all-star level. Tried to do a little too much hero ball on Sunday. The Knicks have a ton of capable shooters now, he doesn’t have to do it all. 1
2 Barrett, RJ Barrett is doing that thing he did last season where he disappears in the first half and goes off in the second. Needs to be more consistent on offense, but his defense seems much improved. 2
3 Rose, Derrick I can’t believe it’s 2021 and Rose is playing at this level. His shot looks better than ever. 5
4 Robinson, Mitchell After not playing for almost 7 months and bulking up in the gym his conditioning seems to be much better than expected. Only took him 3 games to foul out, but he’s been a huge presense under the basket. 8
5 Fournier, Evan Fournier was huge in the first two games. Was a bit off in game 3, but so was just about everyone not named Rose. 4
6 Burks, Alec Burks isn’t getting as many minutes as last season and isn’t shooting as well but it’s early and I think he’ll bounch back. 7
7 Toppin, Obi Toppin is much improved from last season and has had a few stretches where he looked legit good. 9
8 Walker, Kemba A little concerning that Walker has posted a negative plus minus in every game, even one that the Knicks won by 25. Not really distributing or scoring very much. Shows flashes but very underwhelming so far. 3
9  Immanuel, Quickley Quickley looked pretty decent until game 3 where he looked like a disaster. 6
10  Gibson, Taj It’s so nice having a guy like Taj as a 3rd option at center. 2nd lately due to Noel being out. 10
11  Grimes, Quentin Looks OK in the limited time we’ve seen him. We’ll be seeing more due to all the games the Knicks will be blowing out their opponents, right? RIGHT? 12
12 Sims, Jericho Got to see Sims way earlier in the season than I expected, and by that I mean at all.
13 McBride, Miles Another garbage time standout. 13
14  Noel, Nerlens Coming back any time soon? Could use 48 minutes of elite defense under the basket. 11
15 Knox, Kevin Looks like the Charlie Ward curse won’t come to an end this season. 14

Episode 546: Standings Predictions

Marc and Jay predict where every team will end up at the end of the season.

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2021-22 Standings Predictions

In Episode 546 we made some predictions. I’m posting them here so you can laugh at us later.

Eastern Conference – Jay’s Picks
1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Brooklyn Nets
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. New York Knicks
5. Miami Heat
6. Philadelphia 76ers
7. Boston Celtics
8. Indiana Pacers
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Washington Wizards
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Toronto Raptors
13. Orlando Magic
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Detroit Pistons

Eastern Conference – Marc’s Picks
1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Brooklyn Nets
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. New York Knicks
5. Philadelphia 76ers
6. Miami Heat
7. Boston Celtics
8. Charlotte Hornets
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Toronto Raptors
11. Indiana Pacers
12. Washington Wizards
13. Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Orlando Magic
15. Detroit Pistons

 Western Conference – Jay’s Picks
1. Utah Jazz
2. Phoenix Suns
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Denver Nuggets
5. Golden State Warriors
6. Los Angeles Clippers
7. Dallas Mavericks
8. Portland Trailblazers
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. Sacramento Kings
11. New Orleans Pelicans
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Houston Rockets
15. Oklahoma City Thunder

Western Conference – Marc’s Picks
1. Phoenix Suns
2. Utah Jazz
3. Denver Nuggets
4. Portland Trailblazers
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Los Angeles Lakers
7. Los Angeles Clippers
8. Golden State Warriors
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. San Antonio Spurs
12. Sacramento Kings
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Houston Rockets
15. Oklahoma City Thunder

2021/22 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 1

Let’s take a look at what the Knicks roster looks like going into the first game of the season. This one was hard for the opposite of past years; the Knicks actually have a lot of good players. I usually have trouble after number 3 because the rest of the roster stinks, but now I have trouble because I think so many players are going to contribute.
Rank Player Comments Last Weeks Rank
1 Randle, Julius Randle was the best player on this team last season and I don’t see that changing this season. After his poor playoff performance I see him getting motivated and playing even better.
2 Barrett, RJ Nice year two jump for Barrett, I’m expecting a year three jump as well, the question is how big will it be.
3 Walker, Kemba The ceiling of this season rests on Kemba’s questionable knees. Let’s hope he has a couple more season left in them.
4 Fournier, Evan Going to lose a bit on defense, but Fournier can spread the floor and even handle the ball a bit.
5 Rose, Derrick Really nice having someone like Rose as insurance if Kemba goes down. Also great to have someone this talented to run the second unit. Also an injury concern but looked pretty sturdy last season.
6  Immanuel, Quickley If IQ takes a leap in year two the Knicks are all of a sudden pretty deep in the backcourt.
7 Burks, Alec This is a guy who can drop 20 on any given night and I have him ranked 7th. Wow things have changed.
8 Robinson, Mitchell What a pleasant surprise having Robinson ready to go for the season opener. Everyone in NY is hoping for a healthy season from the big man.
9 Toppin, Obi Obi looked pretty good in the preseason, and rumor is he’s been putting in a lot of work in the offseason. Hopefully his flashes in pre-season carries into the regular season.
10  Gibson, Taj Taj showed in preseason that there’s still gas left in the tank. Great to have a 3rd option at center that can hold his own when needed.
11  Noel, Nerlens Noel has been injured all preseason and will miss game 1, I’m not too worried but if he’s not playing by next week that’ll change.
12  Grimes, Quentin At first I thought McBride would get playing time over Grimes but Grimes played in crunch time in the last preseason game against the Wizards and looked pretty good.
13 McBride, Miles Probably won’t see much of McBride unless there are a few injuries, might be a good idea to give him some G-League run.
14 Knox, Kevin Knox looks like he puts in effort, unfortunately for him he’s at best the 3rd option in every position he can play.
15 Selden Jr. Wayne Looks like Wayne got the last roster spot. He’ll probably get even less run than Knox.

Episode 545: Fantasy Draft

Martin and Jay host as Jay does an auction style draft. Get our thoughts on almost 200 players.

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Episode 544: Preseason Roster Power Rankings

Marc and Jay give their preliminary roster power rankings and debate what these rankings will look like in a few weeks

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Episode 543: Preseason Preview

Marc and Jay ask each other 5 questions about the upcoming season including who will make the jump, rotation questions, expectations, and more

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Episode 542: Over/Under

Marc and Jay talk about Frank going to the Mavs, John Wall getting traded, and guess the over/under for every team

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Episode 541 – Summer League Wrap Up

Marc and Jay talk about the summer league games, who we were impressed by, some lineup questions, we love Evan Fournier

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