Positives From the New York Knicks 2018-2019 Season

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson
Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) is helped off of the court after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

With just a few weeks left in the New York Knicks season, many fans are gearing up for what they hope is an eventful and memorable offseason. The Knicks have been eliminated from playoff contention for most of 2019.  Spin zone, they are only 41.5 games behind first place in the Eastern Conference standings. However, the Knicks only have only 14 wins on the season there has been some positives throughout the 2018-2019 season.


Mitchell Robinson

Maybe the biggest positive of the Knicks season was the bigman the Knicks took with their second round draft pick. Many thought Robinson would have to spent most of the season in the G League, but we were wrong. Despite last playing basketball in high school. The fact of the matter is he is one of the Knicks best players.  He is consistently performing is a major plus for the Knicks. Robinson shows the enormous potential that the Louisiana native has.


Cap Space Galore

With the trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks, the Knicks can now enter July with over 70 million dollars in cap space. But, they will need to be wise though on who they spend it on, if they can’t land a big name. The Knicks will have the potential to sign 2 max contracts, and trade for Anthony Davis.


Dennis Smith Jr.

Continuing along with the Porzingis trade, Dennis Smith Jr. has shown why he was a top draft pick by the Mavs. That is why many Knicks fans wanted him in the first place. Because, Smith Jr. has looked like the best Knicks point guard since Jason Kidd, if Ja Morant falls to the Knicks in the draft, Smith Jr. may be tradebait.


Scott Perry and the Rebuild

Coming into this season Perry was pleading for patience from the fanbase, and that this was a long rebuild, and not a short rebuild. But, despite the fact that the Knicks have been rebuilding since 2000, and have had practically a new roster every season, more fans believed Perry then previous GM’s. Perry has stayed true to his word, and got the Knicks two extra first round draft picks. We will see if Perry continues this approach, or if he signs big name free agents this summer.


While these are all positives from this season, there are more negatives. One of the big themes that came up in almost all of these positives, was the trade with the Mavericks. That makes it evident, that the trade with the Mavs, was a franchise altering trade. This will continue to alter the Knicks, and the Mavs, for the next five(or more) years.