It is no secret that New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale wants his players competing extremely hard while he harps on defense. Effort, production, and IQ on the defensive end will earn any player minutes on the current Knick roster.
High internal player development amidst tough depth chart competition is the kind of culture Scott Perry believes in. Iron sharpening iron is the vision for the young players on the current Knicks roster and David Fizdale isn’t handing out anything.
The New York Knicks are currently 1-1 during preseason with the very young three-point shooting oriented Atlanta Hawks next on the schedule. Improved perimeter defense on the three-ball will be key for the Knicks especially against Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and Atlanta. Knicks must continue improving together. Improvement will happen with game experience alongside each other, practice, and film studies on both sides of the ball.
Implementing nine new players is no easy task for a coaching staff. Patience will be key this season and Knick fans will need to dig deep for even more patience.
RJ Barrett is definitely a bright spot on the roster. The rookie has a fiery competitive streak which could eventually rub off on his teammates. The Knicks need to have a tough and resilient identity in order to survive this season and make progress towards the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
The point guard competition for the Knicks will be on full display against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, October 16th. Dennis Smith Jr and Frank Ntilikina will get a rare chance to possibly share the court together because they’re now both healthy.