The New York Knicks are headed towards a rebuilding year with rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. Their young players will undoubtedly play a premier part in rejuvenating the organization and giving fans something to look forward to in the near future.
What’s the No.1 priority for the New York Knicks?
While the priorities range from defensive improvements to offensive capabilities, the No.1 concern should be building chemistry and cohesiveness. In other words, forming a competitive team. Right now, the roster is just a bunch of high-profile names, nothing more, nothing less.
The chemistry should be front and center for the youngsters on the team, with the veteran leadership of players like Joakim Noah and Tim Hardaway Jr. making a direct impact. Ultimately, Kristaps Porzingis, Knox and Mitchell, are the future of the franchise, and their ability to play efficiently with one another will be the dictating factor in the success of the team.
Despite chemistry being the top priority, defense looms close behind. With Porzingis, the defense will struggle to maintain the standard most are used to. Before his injury, Kristaps was ranked No.1 in the NBA in blocks per game and opponent field goal percentage. He will be missed dearly until his return after the All-Star break, if he can play at all.
Knox will be the focus of the offense, but he will be expected to make an impact on defense as well. He’s not known as a defensive player, but it’s essential he begins to develop the necessary skills to become a well-rounded player in the NBA. Additionally, point guard Frank Ntilikina will remain the Knicks’ top defender – his tenacity and gusto on D is impressive, despite his lack of offensive prowess.