Many players on the New York Knicks roster need development and there are simply not enough minutes to accomplish synchronized growth. With nearly the entire Knick roster consisting of developing players, the tough challenge from a coaching standpoint is prioritizing potential.
Understandably so, Knicks General Manager Scott Perry and President Steve Mills decided to sign a plethora of veteran free agents during the offseason to mentor the young talented core group while helping to provide a winning culture. Mentoring is good for young players, however, nothing can replace real game experience. Therefore, while the veterans are supposedly providing mentorship, they’re also depriving the young group of important minutes which is vital for true development. It also makes it difficult for the coaching staff when it comes to deciding which player needs an extra-long look. Injuries amongst the younger group of players is, unfortunately, a negative factor for development as well and a perfect example of that is Dennis Smith Jr‘s continuous struggle to stay healthy. Inconsistencies, whether it’s injuries or a shortage of unsteady minutes, will result in certain players not getting a real opportunity to showcase themselves for the Knicks. Nobody knows who’ll end up succeeding, however, every player won’t pan out while wearing the orange and blue, it would be impossible.
With the trade deadline approaching many are curious about what potential moves the Knick front office will make with player personnel. With reports of Marcus Morris, Dennis Smith Jr., and Bobby Portis garnering interest from teams around the NBA, the Knicks seem to be in the driver seat as they listen to offers. Knicks will pick and choose an offer best suited for them and it wouldn’t hurt to make a phone call to their G-League affiliates, Westchester Knicks to have Lamar Peters and Kenny Wooten called up. Those two have been making a good impression up in Westchester on both ends of the court. Hopefully, Wooten and Peters can showcase their talents on a broader stage once more minutes become available of course.