2016/17 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 17

The Knicks might not be good at basketball, but they’re tops in the league in embarrassment. Since last week we had Oakley get arrested and banned and then unbanned after a meeting with Silver and Jordan. Oh and they played 3 games, losing 2 but somehow beating the Spurs to avoid their first 5 game home losing streak in franchise history.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo bounced back from his off week, even had a decent game against Kawhi. If Melo’s days are numbered, he’s making the most of it. 2
2 Porzingis, Kristaps It looks like Porzingis is back. And a collective sigh of relief is heard from the entirety of Knicks Nation. 5
3 Lee, Courtney I hear some people bash Lee. Not sure what that’s about. He’s doing what he’s done his whole career, and that’s not a bad thing. 3
4 Hernangomez, Willy Was worried how Willy would look against starting lineups. The answer? Pretty pretty pretty good. Knicks are undefeated when Willy starts. 1
5 O’Quinn, Kyle Really good week for KOQ. I’m pretty comfortable with a Willy/KOQ center rotation going forward. Continue reading

New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets – 2/1/17 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
Game 51: February 1, 2017
Knicks 95, Nets 90

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Man, I really can’t stomach this anymore.

We’ve all seen a lot of bad Knicks basketball over the last decade and a half, but the New York Knicks Podcast was going to need to find a new recap writer if they dropped this one to the Brooklyn Nets. Had the result been different, I would’ve quit on the season and stopped watching, cold turkey. By the way, I am writing this after a Knicks road win.

So after the Knicks didn’t show up against the Wizards on Tuesday, they stroll into the Barclays Center and immediately fall behind to the dumpster fire known as the Brooklyn Nets. Aside from Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovich, I’ve barely heard of any of these guys. Well, there’s Quincy Acy, the apparent savior of the Brooklyn Nets and former tank-tastic Knick. Everyone looked slow and sluggish, and Kristaps Porzingis was quickly in foul trouble, of course. Carmelo Anthony was struggling, Derrick Rose missed another game with a sprained ankle, and Joakim Noah continues to be a non-factor. Who was going to save the day?

If you say that you guessed Sasha Vujacic would save the Knicks, you’re a liar.

I’ve been incredibly critical of Vujacic since he came to the Knicks a season and a half ago, but he proved to be the spark the Knicks needed. Let’s not get carried away, he only had twelve points on 4-10 shooting, but he came in and brought energy off the bench with his three point shooting. On the two shots that connected from downtown, he was fouled on both and converted on the four point play. Shoutout to Sasha for being ready to come into the game, even though he hasn’t seen a lot of action all season. #SashSanity.

The biggest story from this game was that Coach Hornacek sat Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee in the fourth quarter and brought back the Euro-Knicks lineup he used earlier in the season, with Brandon Jennings, Justin Holiday, Porzingis, Vujacic, and Willy Hernangomez. WHG in particular had another strong game, finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds, as well as a couple of assists. There is no reason that Willy should not be the starting center in the next game, as he continues to outplay the 72 million dollar man again and again. His rebounding and scoring has been excellent, but he has been much better on defense than advertised. He’s continued to hold his own against NBA big men, and deserves a chance to start for this team. Willy and Sasha saved the Knicks up until the fourth quarter, where KP took over.

Kristaps finished the game with 19 points, and 12 of them were in the fourth quarter.

The play of the Euro-Knicks led them to a much needed victory in the borough of  Brook.

Saturday may be a different story, with the King returning to Madison Square Garden.

LeBron James, Kyire Irving, and Kevin Love come to New York for the Saturday night primetime game on ABC. I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling so great about this one, since the Knicks could barely beat Brooklyn on Wednesday. Let’s hope for a miracle. 22-29.

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 16

The Knicks lost every game this week, no one is playing particularly well, and now coach Fisher has been fired.  Greek Salad hasn’t been resigned yet so we’re back down to 14 players on the roster.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Lopez, Robin Lopez started off the week with a great game agains the Celtics and a Monster game against the Pistons.  He also played 30 minutes or more in every game this week.  He didn’t do anything against the Nuggets, but no one strung together 4 good games this week and that 26 and 16 game against Detroit was most impressive.  Good enough for Lopez first #1 ranking of the season. 3
2 Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingis did the opposite of Lopez, played poorly against Boston and Detroit and then looked amazing against Memphis and Denver.  Imagine one day all our guys played well at the same time? 4
3 Afflalo, Arron This is representative of how bad the Knicks have been.  Afflalo didn’t have a very good week and moved up 2 spots. 5
4 Anthony, Carmelo Oh my lord did Melo shoot bad this week.  He said it’s because his knee is hurting which is just great.  Years 1 and 2 of his max contract have been disasters.  Good thing Melo got to the line, rebounded, and passed to make up for his shooting, but now he’s starting to miss a bunch of games so I’m getting pretty nervos. 1
5 Galloway, Langston Galloway had a nice showing against Detroit, but was absolute trash in the games he started this week. 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 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 5

3 wins this week, bringing the win streak to 4 games!  I’m of course pretending the Miami game didn’t happen.  Those aren’t the Knicks I watched for the first 14 games of the season.  Those were a bunch of jokers who didn’t play defense and couldn’t shoot.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Porzingis, Kristaps It took a whole 5 weeks before our young, too skinny, multi-year project claimed the #1 spot.  Zingis arguably outplayed our superstar Melo in 3 of the 4 games this week, including a 29 point game and a 7 block game (both tops among rookies this season). 2
2 Anthony, Carmelo Melo has been alright this week. Not the untradable superstar I keep hearing about, but decent.  His assists are back down, 5 over the course of the last 3 games, and his shot is still streaky.  Basically classic Melo, very good but leaves you wanting more. 1
3 Afflalo, Arron Afflalo is a legit starting SG, but not one of the best SG’s in the league.  He is, however, probably the best SG the Knicks have had since Starks.  That’s depressing. 3
4 Calderon, Jose The Knicks go as Calderon goes. He played well in our 3 wins and bad in the 1 loss. 5
5 Galloway, Langston For the first 3 weeks I thought we had a deep bench, now it looks like Galloway and whatever random guy ends up playing well for 1 night. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 4

Pretty decent week.  The Knicks went 2-2, were .1 seconds away from beating the Hornets and were in control of the Cavs game until that terrible 4th quarter.  Melo is finally playing well and Afflalo is back in the lineup.  Fishers 11 man rotation makes these rankings pretty difficult.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo scored 25 or more in all 4 games, and is assisting more than our starting PG.  That sounds impressive until you realize our starting PG is assisting at a rate of about 3.5 APG. 3
2 Porzingis, Kristaps The shot is still not falling, which is frustrating, be he’s doing everything else right.  15 rebounds and an (almost) game winner against the Hornets, and his fouls are way down.  I’ll take it. 2
3 Afflalo, Arron A shooting guard who can kinda sorta shoot!  He’s not going to single handedly take over games, but he’s looked good in his first week back and more importantly is taking Vujacics minutes. 14
4 Galloway, Langston An off week for Galloway, but still our most consitent bench option. 1
5 Calderon, Jose Maybe lowering Calderons minutes to around 22 per game was the secret.  He’s hitting shots and every once in a while covering opposing players. Continue reading