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

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 10

Pretty crappy week overall.  0-3 and somehow the closest game was the game against Cleveland sans Melo. Hopefully the Knicks new years resolution is to not look terrible.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo only played in 2 of the 3 games this week, but the games he did play in he looked like a star yet again.  Hopefully the last 10 games is the Melo we’ll get most of the season and not the Melo from the first 15-20 games. 1
2 Porzingis, Kristaps Yes, he had a stinker vs Atlanta, but looked good in the other two games.  His shot is going to start to fall soon and then he’s going to be unstoppable. 6
3 Thomas, Lance I can’t believe Lance Thomas turned into our best bench player.  The Knicks still have a 2019 2nd rounder coming from Cleveland.  That Shumpert and JR trade looks better every day. 2
4 Lopez, Robin Maybe getting owned by Vucevic knocked some sense into Robin, as he looked much better this week. 8
5 Afflalo, Arron Arron cooled down a ton since last week, which is a big contributor to the Knicks problems with winning basketball games. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 9

The Knicks go 3-1 this week.  In keeping with their trend, no more than 2 or 3 guys are allowed to play really well in any single game.  Fortunately for the Knicks 1 of those guys has been Melo all week, and when Melo plays really well the Knicks have a great chance at winning.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo This was an easy call.  Melo shot lights out against the Magic and Bulls.  He didn’t have a great shooting night against the Wolves, but had a season high in assists, 1 shy of a triple double.  The Knicks look like a playoff team when Melo is firing on all cylindars. 1
2 Thomas, Lance What insane world are we living in where Lance Thomas has been the Knicks 2nd best player AND the Knicks won most of the games?  I’m finally convinced, sorry for all the hate Lance.  I’ll add my newly found surplus of hate to the Vujacic section. 4
3 Afflalo, Arron Until the dud against the Magic Arron has been a legit 2nd scoring option next to Melo. It says a lot that the one game this week he couldn’t get it going was the 1 game the Knicks lost. 2
4 O’Quinn, Kyle The basketball gods giveth and the basketball gods taketh away.  O’Quinn was becoming a really key part of the bench until he was held out of the Magic game with an undesclosed ankle injury.  When the Knicks don’t disclose an injury it usually means something bad.  Kyle is probably getting his foot amputated. 3
5 Galloway, Langston Looks like Galloway is slowly coming out of his slump, giving the backcourt some much needed support.  And the better Langston plays, the less we have to see of Sasha. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 8

An up a down week.  There was the Utah game where the Knicks got spanked, the Kings game that the Knicks should have won, and the Portland game where they finally did win.  A lot of shake ups in the rankings this week as Porzingis terrible week gets him dethroned, and O’Quinn gets out of the doghouse and shoots up the standings.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Yeah he was bad in Utah, but who wasn’t.  Melo was crazy good in Portland with arguably his best outing of the season. Lets hope we see more games like that. 3
2 Afflalo, Arron It’s nice having another scoring option, Afflalo hasn’t been amazing, but he’s been fairly reliable and consistent, something no one else on the team currently has. 2
3 O’Quinn, Kyle I don’t know what to make of this, KOQ had a great week, grabbed a ton of boards, and even had a 7-8 night against Portland.  Why does Fisher bench him for weeks at a time? 13
4 Thomas, Lance Never thought I’d ever put Thomas this high.  Does this count as my apology? 7
5 Vujacic, Sasha This is like the bizarro standings.  I still think we’d be better off if Sasha were in a suit, but I can’t deny how good he was this week.  Sasha almost led a comeback in Utah after a no show by the starters. Continue reading