Heading into the offseason the New York Knicks had both Plan A and Plan B on blueprints. Initially, they were confident they would have a shot at landing a superstar player and even planned to go all-in on Kevin Durant before his Achilles injury.
The Knicks took a step back after finding out how severe the ailment was, and they looked towards other superstars to potentially fill the void. Plan A was to bring in at least one max-contract player that could elevate the franchise and rise it from the ashes of solidarity and darkness. However, that optimistic future came crashing to a halt after every remaining superstar signed with more competitive teams.
The Knicks had to resort to the god-forsaken Plan B, which has developed into a solid blueprint. Signing veterans like Julius Randle and Marcus Morris, two players than can provide value but won’t change the course of the franchise, began the process.
The Knicks secured veterans on deals with options after the 2019-20 season which will allow them to clear cap-space and pursue a top free agent like Anthony Davis.
The reality is simple; the Knicks realized their team wasn’t far along enough to appeal to the cream of the crop in the NBA, but helping their youth players develop is the key to success. Barrett, the Knicks 3rd overall pick in the most recent NBA draft, will be a significant factor in luring players to The Garden next season. His abilities and efficiency in college make him a potential All-Star-caliber player.
While he has plenty to work on, this upcoming season will allow him to gain essential playing time and experience. A season of development can be hugely influential and could see him grow into one of the team’s top players. His impact alone could be the force that brings top players to New York City. One thing is for sure. The Knicks cannot allow the Nets to claim “big brother” status, especially with the support and resources available to them.