|Yeah I know I know, I missed the first 12 weeks of the season. Better late than never. These rankings are based on the last week of games.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Slow start to the season, but Melo has been very solid the last 2 weeks. Of course Knicks being Knicks, Melo met with Phil today to discuss Melo’s future with the team. Stay tuned.||–|
|2||Rose, Derrick||Derrick Rose has proved this month that he can still drive. He can drive to the basket. He can drive around in Chicago while the Knicks have a game. Unparalleled when it comes to driving.||–|
|3||Baker, Ron||I’m not going to be unrealistic, Baker would probably barely play on any other team, but he’s been really solid for the Knicks. He’s turned 30 point blowouts into 10 point beatings a number of times already.||–|
|4||Kuzminskas, Mindaugas||Another pleasant surprise, Kuz has the ability to score from inside and out. Defense isn’t great, but it’s not like pretty much anyone on this team is great at that.||–|
|5||Holiday, Justin||If the Knicks decide to blow this team up I hope Holiday is one of the few pieces they pick out of the rubble.||–|
|6||Noah, Joakim||This week Noah has been rebounding like a guy who gets paid 18M a year. Now if he can re-learn to defend, shoot free throws, and stay on the court more than 20 minutes a game we might have something here.||–|
|7||Lee, Courtney||The Knicks can’t defend anyone. So when it was time for a starting lineup change the only starter who is good at defense got benched because Knicks.||–|
|8||O’Quinn, Kyle||The Knicks have been almost not losing lately and O’Quinn is often the reason for the Knicks almost not losing.||–|
|9||Hernangomez, Willy||Willy looked great the first 6 weeks of the season and now he can’t get any minutes. Considering Porzingis has been out this isn’t a good sign.||–|
|10||Jennings, Brandon||Hey it’s that guy who looks great once every 2 weeks and completely disappears the rest of the time!||–|
|11||Porzingis, Kristaps||Every night I pray to the basketball gods that KP’s achilles heals 100%.||–|
|12||Thomas, Lance||When I was thinking of all the possible injuries the Knicks will have this season, broken face wasn’t among them.||–|
|13||Plumlee, Marshall||Knicks are obeying league rules that state every team has to have a Plumlee or a Zeller.||–|
|14||Vujacic, Sasha||Sasha is so happy Ndour is on the team because now there is someone ranked below him.||–|
|15||Ndour, Maurice||Trying to end on a positive note. Ndour has been looking good in the d-league!||–|
New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Game 19: December 2, 2016
Knicks 118, Timberwolves 114
Welcome to the Kyle O’Quinn show starring Kyle O’Quinn
An apology might be in order.
It was the Timberwolves turn to be the road team as they traveled to New York on the second leg of a home and home. The Knicks squandered a 16 point lead, but once again held on to defeat the Wolves and sweep the season series, 118-114. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 29 points on 9-20 shooting, along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Kristaps Porzingis had a rough game with 11 points on only 2-12 shooting, but those two weren’t the stars of tonight’s game. That title belongs to none other than Kyle O’Quinn. KO was a beast, plain and simple, he had a season high 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and was a +16. He was the emotional leader on both ends of the court, where his heart and hustle lead the way. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points on only 5-18 shooting after his 47 point performance Wednesday night. Zack LaVine led Minnesota with 23 points.
Takeaways from this game:
New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
Game 7: November 9, 2016
Knicks 110, Nets 96
Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn
The EuroKnicks came to play!
After all the talk of too much triangle and Kurt Rambis taking over as the defensive coach, the Knicks came and played a solid basketball game, as they defeated the Nets at the MSG, 110-96.
Takeaways from this game:
Even though it was against the rebuilding with no draft picks Nets, this was the best game the Knicks played on the defensive side of the ball. After giving up 55 points in the first half, they tightened up the defense and gave up only 41 points in the second half. A huge improvement from the past few games. This is also the first time the Knicks hadn’t given up 100 points in the game. Baby steps, as the defense still needs to improve if they expect to compete with the better teams in the NBA.
Could the Knicks perhaps have (gasp), a playable bench? Well, Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugus Kuzminskas, and Brandon Jennings were excellent off the bench in the second half. Jennings had his best game as a Knick, with a season high 11 assists. The biggest positive of the game was Hernangomez though, as he definitely locked up the backup center spot for at least another game (sorry KO). 14 points on 6-7 shooting with 6 rebounds in 15 minutes? Sounds great to me. Can’t expect this every night, but the defense and ball movement was awesome to watch. The lineup with Jennings, Vujacic, Kuz, KP, and Hernangomez was a lot of fun as well.
KP on the P&R:
Finally, we get to Porzingis.
I still don’t know why it took the Knicks this long to realize that Porzingis in the pick and roll is their best offense. After too much triangle, KP started playing pick and roll with Jennings and immediately hit consecutive threes, and had an and one dunk after a sweet pass from Jennings.
Why the Knicks don’t run that every time down the court is beyond me. He finished with 21 points on 7-15 shooting, 8 boards, and 2 blocks.
Oh yeah, and Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, and Courtney Lee had a combined 49 points.
Solid outing from those three, even though Melo only really had it going in the third quarter.
This was a solid game to build on, with a tough matchup in Boston this Friday, as they look to get back to .500 with a win there. 3-4.
Marc and Jay talk about the recent signings of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Guillermo Hernangomez. The possible return of Sasha Vujacic, the Jared Sullinger rumor, and possible players to take the last couple of roster spots. We spend some time talking about a few other signings around the league including Wade leaving Miami.