2017/18 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 4

Another 3-1 week with the only loss coming in a game that Porzingis (get well VERY soon) missed. The Knicks also came back from double digits to win in back to back games for the first time in franchise history, which is a lot more fun than the fake comebacks we saw in previous years.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Porzingis, Kristaps Against the Pacers Porzingis had 40 points on 24 shot attempts with 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. A stat line Melo wouldn’t have even in the wettest of dreams. 1
2 Kanter, Enes Kanter looks like he’s improving on defense. He’s got a long way to go but he looks like he’s putting in effort and getting some stops. Very good news for the Knicks. 2
3 Hardaway Jr., Tim With Porzingis out Timmy stepped up with a nice 26 and 11 game. He’s been very inconsistent with his shot but at least he’s contributing in other ways. He’s more than doubling his average in assists, rebounds, and steals than he did his first time with the Knicks. 8
4 Ntilikina, Frank Over the last 3 games Frank is averaging 8 assists per game while playing some of the best defense on the team. He’s only 19. Be excited. 5
5 O’Quinn, Kyle I think it’s fair to say KOQ has one of the best contracts in the league. 4
6 McDermott, Doug McDermott felt like a throw in with the Melo trade, but he’s now a key part of the Knicks bench. 7
7 Lee, Courtney Lee hasn’t been bad this week, but a number of his teammates have played better. 3
8 Thomas, Lance Lance had a +/- of +58 in over the last 4 games. Impressive but not quite ready for a Lance apology episode yet. 13
9 Jack, Jarrett Just goes to show how this team is playing right now. Jack had a decent week and is still ranked 9th. 6
10 Dotson, Damyean I think we’ll see more Dotson when coach realizes that the Beasley experiment isn’t working. 9
11 Beasley, Michael With Porzingis out it was time for Beasley to step up and show what he’s got. Except that didn’t happen. 11
12 Baker, Ron I was pretty high on Baker a few weeks ago and now I can’t see where he gets minutes. 12
13 Hernangomez, Willy In the limited time we’ve seen Willy it looks like he does the same things as O’Quinn only worse. 10
14 Sessions, Ramon At this point Ramon’s official position is injury insurance. 14
15 Kuzminskas, Mindaugas The Knicks are looking to trade Kuz. Probably should have started that process a few games ago. Everyone knows he’s getting waived by the end of the weekend to make room for Noah. 15
16 Noah, Joakim I mentioned above KOQ might have the best contract in the league. If you don’t count Chandler Parsons the Knicks might have the best and the worst contract on their roster. 16
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2017/18 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 1

The first player rankings for the season. There are a lot of new faces. Again. Let’s see if we can sort this out.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Porzingis, Kristaps The best player on the team by a mile. I’m not worried about his talent level, but health is definitely a concern.
2 Hardaway Jr., Tim A guy the Knicks fanbase practically chased out with pitchforks is one of the best players on the team 2 short seasons later. Will he be grossly overpaid or just slightly overpaid?
3 Kanter, Enes This list is already difficult to put together. Could #3 on this list really be someone who is an absolute liability on defense? At least he has elite level offense. The Knicks will definitely be looking to outscore teams this season.
4 Lee, Courtney One of the few guys who can play defense on this team. Which means he’ll probably be traded by all star break.
5 Hernangomez, Willy Hoping (B)Willing can make a mini-leap this season. The better he is the less we have to watch Noah drag his corpse up and down the court. Continue reading

2016/17 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 13

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!

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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

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 19

Three games this week. We got to see a little of everything; the Knicks clicking and looking like a real team, and then 2 days later the Knicks looking like a team that’s given up.   I’ll try not to make this too negative, but the Knicks have lost 14 of the last 17 games so there isn’t too much to be positive about.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Porzingis, Kristaps Pretty good week for Porzingis, we saw some good shooting nights, some excellent blocks, and a classy response to a prom proposal. I like this guy more every day. 3
2 Anthony, Carmelo I think it’s about time to start calling Melo our best PG. His shot is off again, and I’m really worried that Rambis is going to destry what’s left of Melo’s knees with all the minutes he’s been getting in meaningless blowout games. 1
3 Lopez, Robin Robin is still looking for his offense, which is really great. He’s been better than people have been giving him credit for. 2
4 Galloway, Langston Langston puts up decent numbers on the bench.   Every time he starts he looks kind of overwhelmed and the Knicks get blown out. 4
5 Thomas, Lance Quiet week for Lance. I miss December 2015 Lance. 5 Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 18

I included the Wizards game in this weeks rankings since doing a rankings on 1 game would be dumb. So now we get to add two losses and a win to that Wizards game.  The Knicks added Jimmer, which sadly enough is the only bright spot. The team looks demoralized and the playoffs look like a pipe dream.  Here’s your damn rankings.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo is looking really frustrated lately.   You can imagine why. He’s playing really well lately, assisting at a career high rate and .1 rebounds away from a career high rebound rate, but most of the team, as usual, stinks. 4
2 Lopez, Robin The last two games Robin has looked crazy good.   It’s amazing what happens when you get your center involved on the offensive end, something Chandler never got to experience. 1
3 Porzingis, Kristaps The shot is still up and down and now the rebounding has come down a bit, but Porzingis is clearly the 3rd best player on this team. 2
4 Galloway, Langston I’m trying to forget about his zero point performance against the Raptors (1 of 3 Knicks guards to do that on the same night!).   At least he can defend, something the rest of the backcourt can’t claim. 5
5 Thomas, Lance Lance didn’t get zero points against the Raptors, but he did against the Nets on 0-5 shooting. That’s still good enough for a top 5 spot this week.  That’s how bad this team has been. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 15

This is the first week this season in which the Knicks have a full roster of 15, after signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo.  Other than that, this week was pretty much what you’d expect; losses to Toronto and OKC and a win against the wretched Suns.  This is a hard week to rank and no one really played particularly well in the two losses.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo After sitting out against Toronto, Melo came back with back to back double doubles, and was 2 assists shy of a triple double against the Suns. 1
2 Galloway, Langston Solid week for Langston in Calderons absense. Shooting is erratic, but defense and ball movement have been decent. 8
3 Lopez, Robin Consistently one of the best +/- on the team.  Odd that he only plays 24mpg. 3
4 Porzingis, Kristaps We learned this week that Porzingis is a lot slower than Dramond Green.  A LOT. 2
5 Afflalo, Arron How can Afflalo look so good some games and so completely terrible in others? Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 14

Once again the Knicks hit .500 and once again go on a losing streak.  Melo played hurt and then didn’t play.  Lance missed some games and we realized how much he means to the team.  The rankings look pretty different this week due to injuries and some up and down play.  The OKC game is included in these rankings because I’m doing this a day late this week.

Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Williams, Derrick Yeah I went there. Who else had a better week than Williams? Back to back double doubles with 19 and 21 points, yes please. 4
2 Lopez, Robin Monster game against the Jazz, and respectable showings the rest of the week. 5
3 Galloway, Langston Galloway almost saved the day in OKC. Watch him finally get his groove and get thrown into a Jeff Teague trade. 6
4 Porzingis, Kristaps Shot is still sporadic, but pretty much every game he does something that makes me giddy. 2
5 Anthony, Carmelo Melo started off the week hot but was progressively more hobbled each game, culminating in a DNP against OKC. If the Knicks are going to make a playoff push Melo has to get healthy fast. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 13

The Knicks went 2-2 this week.  That’s OK, but losing to Brooklyn and needing double overtime to beat the ’76ers isn’t good.  I guess it could have been worse, and there were some nice performances in Melo’s 2 game absence.

Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Afflalo, Arron 3 really nice games for Arron this week. We’ll ignore the Grizzlies game. The Knicks win almost every time Arron scores over 20 points. 2
2 Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingis has had good shooting nights more often than not lately. It looks like stamina is the only thing holding him back, which is understandable since he has already played more minutes than all of last season. 3
3 Anthony, Carmelo If anyone was wondering just how important Melo is to this team, the Nets game should be a good indication. The Knicks can’t even beat the dregs of the league without Melo. 1
4 Williams, Derrick Williams was one of the only guys who showed against Brooklyn. Not sure why his minutes fluctuate so much (defense? Shot selection?) but he puts up great numbers when he plays more than 20. 5
5 Lopez, Robin I still can’t figure out why sometimes Robin looks like he has some offense and sometimes he looks like Dennis Rodman on offense. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 11

Interesting week, two nice wins against the Pistons and Hawks. Oh, and a 4th quarter against the Bulls that was the Knicks lowest scoring 4th quarter.  Ever.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo is still #1 in the rankings but I am a little disturbed by the lack of free throws Melo got this week.  7 in 3 games is not ideal.  On the plus side, the Knicks seem to win when Melo has 5 or more assists, something he did in both wins this week. 1
2 Afflalo, Arron Arron had to get a top 2 spot for his ridiculous game against Atlanta.  38 points on 14-17 shooting.  Beautiful. 5
3 Porzingis, Kristaps Two months into the NBA season and Porzingis has 2 rookie of the month awards.  So much for all that talk about not being effective for a few years. 2
4 Lopez, Robin Robin Lopez continues his streak of good games with a 6 block game against Detroit and a 16 point game against Atlanta. 4
5 Williams, Derrick Even if he sucks the rest of the season, we’ll always have that 4th quarter in Detroit. Continue reading