New York Knicks Daymean Dotson could be next to go

New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson

Another New York Knicks shooting guard might be on the move.  The New York Post’s Marc Berman thinks that shooting guard Daymean Dotson won’t be with the team next year.

“In (Damyean) Dotson’s case, he was a Phil Jackson draft pick.  Because there’s no attachment to Rose or Perry, Dotson is as good as gone” Berman says.  It’s unfortunate circumstances because this Knicks guard never got a true chance.

Dotson did start 40 games for the Knicks in the 2018-19 season.  He averaged 27 minutes per and 10 points.  However, it still feels like the Knicks quickly gave up on Dotson.

The Knicks recently waived Allonzo Trier.  The Arizona shooting guard was instant offense for the team but somewhat of a ball hog.  However, he was a defensive liability.

Dotson didn’t get a legit shot to showcase his skills for the Knicks.  His minutes were very staggered throughout his career.  Dotson never got a chance to find his groove despite being a above average two-way player.

The Knicks could use his 3-point shooting off the bench.  Dotson shot 36% which isn’t the best but the Knicks 3-point shooting is awful to begin with.

Unfortunately, what Berman says is correct.  Dotson has no ties to the new regime in the front office. But, they should notice his skill set.  The New York Knicks could be losing out on a valuable bench player if they let him go.

3 teams interested in New York Knicks guard Daymean Dotson

New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson

Another decision the New York Knicks and Leon Rose will have to make is what to do with Daymean Dotson.  His future with the team is question mark at the moment.  He’ll be a restricted free agent and is gaining interest from other teams.  Here’s the 3 teams that may want to acquire Dotson.

Golden State Warriors

The Knicks could trade Dotson to the Warriors when his contract’s up.  However, the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins could be the only thing stopping them from pulling the trigger.  When Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return Wiggins minutes will decrease.  Golden State is a team that can properly use Dotson.  He can excel on a team with better shooters because more attention will be given elsewhere.

Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz

Similar to the Warriors, these two playoff teams will know how to get the best out of Dotsons ability.  He’s the perfect player for a contending team in either conference.  He can provide valuable production on offense and defense.  The Knicks have done that from time-to-time but are never consistent.  He hasn’t gotten a real fair chance with the Knicks, injures don’t help either.  Maybe if either of these two teams are interested, Dotson can blossom into the player that all Knicks fans hoped for.

Dotson could be one of those players like excel when they’re not the Knicks. That’s just the luck of this franchise.  It’s happened several times before.  Players leave New York and they produce.  It’s not to say that Dotson hasn’t but he’s got less minutes.  Other teams will find value in Dotson services.  He’s shown he’s capable of being a good two-way player for the Knicks.  He just needs more time to develop.  But at 26-years old the New York Knicks may have missed their opportunity.

The New York Knicks aren’t developing their youth

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks have had many organizational issues over the last decade. These include front office mismanagement, a revolving door at head coach, and an inability to develop young players. The Knicks are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference at 20 games below .500. They are in line to finish as the 6th worst team in the NBA. Not good enough to make the playoffs, not bad enough to have great lottery odds. We’ve seen this story before.

The Knicks are neglecting their draft picks.

Take Kevin Knox, the 8th overall pick of the 2018 draft as an example. In 2018, Playing alongside a barren roster, Knox managed to earn NBA Rookie of the month for December and a spot in the Rising Stars Game.

What is Knox up to in his 2nd season? He is currently averaging  18.4 minutes per game, 28th among sophomores. You read that correctly. The 8th overall pick from a year ago is 28th in minutes played amongst his draft class peers.

When the Knicks traded Marcus Morris at the deadline, it was an opportunity for younger players to take his minutes. In the three games since Morris has been traded, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, and Dennis Smith rank 9th, 10th, and 11th on the team in minutes per game, respectively. Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson have been DNPs. Iggy Brazdeikis and Kenny Wooten are stuck in the G League. Taj Gibson and Wayne Ellington have seen more minutes in those games.

With this roster, development is far more critical than a few wins. Knicks fans don’t want to see Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton lead the team to victory a few times a month. They want to see the “Baby Knicks” get playing time. They want to see a youth movement.

The New York Knicks are the most frustrating team to watch

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

The New York Knicks played a typical ‘New York Knicks’ basketball game last evening.  The Knicks fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 97-92, after a great start to the game.

Both teams started the game with honoring the late, great Kobe Bryant.  The Hornets won the tip and took a 24-second shot clock violation followed by the Knicks taking a 8-second back-court violation.

Like mostly every other game, the Kncks came out hot.  Going up 13 at one point in the first half.  Everything was dropping for Julius Randle and couldn’t be guarded down-low.  He looked like he was playing for Bryant with 18 first half points but only ended with 24 points, fading away.

As all fans now, the defensive let up is always lurking around the corner.  It happens every game and it’s so unbelievably frustrating.  We sound like a broken record.

The Knicks begin and go on stretches were it appears that they could be onto something.  Then, they always let their guard down, having their opponent easily get back into the game.  If you want to be a good basketball team, you need to know how to put your opponent way.  The Knicks don’t know how to do that.

They aren’t a good team, not matter what anyone says.  The team thinks they’re good and while it’s good to have that confidence, there’s a difference between optimistic and reality.

The reality is the New York Knicks are a bad basketball team.  One of the worst teams in the league.  Playing veteran players and having lackadaisical defensive pressure deserves them to be at the very bottom.

When is Mike Miller going to realize that he isn’t ‘showcasing’ these veterans.  The Knicks aren’t winning games so it seems counterproductive to play the veterans over the young players.  Miller is taking away developmental time from the young players.  Frank Ntilikina barely played, Kevin Knox only played 11 minutes and Daymean Dotson 19 minutes, not ideal.  Fans would rather lose games with young players over veteran players.

All the Knicks articles these day seem to be constantly repeating themselves.  So no need to repeat ourselves because it’ll most likely happening again tonight in Memphis Grizzlies.  It’s getting old, play the young players and lose with them at least.

New York Knicks RJ Barrett will miss another week; Dot earning more time

New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson

Basketball must still go on for the New York Knicks and the rest of the NBA.  It’s tough to think about anything else when mourning the unexpected death of an NBA legend but it’s what Kobe Bryant would have wanted.

A lot of fans and reporters were wondering why the NBA would even play the games Sunday.  Players and fans had their emotions on full display and no one could blame them.  Bryant was a larger than life figure in the basketball community.  He would’ve been feeling some type of way if they did cancel all the games.  That’s not Mamba Mentality.

While we all will sit here and reflect upon the great memories Bryant brought to the sport, basketball still rolls on.

The Knicks will be without the 3rd overall pick, RJ Barrett, for another week.  Barrett is still recovering from a right ankle sprain.  He was seen on the sidelines in a walking boot.  Can’t rush back the young face of the franchise, be smart.

Watching the Knicks aren’t as fun without Barrett, but Daymean Dotson is doing a fine job picking up the slack.  Over his last 4 contests, Dotson has been averaging 13.5 points per.  He’s earning more minutes in Barrett’s absence and shows when given time, he can contribute mightily.

Dotson has been playing with a lot of confidence.  He hasn’t been afraid attack the rim and his shot is looking solid.  Dotson is also able to contribute on the defensive side of the ball, as he is one of the teams premier wing defenders.  If the Knicks can get Kevin Knox going like Dotson, the future will be bright.  Knox needs time similar to Dotson to gain that confidence back.

The New York Knicks need give more of the minutes to players like Dotson and Knox.  However, Knox hasn’t been living up to potential this season but there’s still time.  If he’s given the proper minutes, Dotson could be a regular rotational player, once the veteran players are traded or benched.

The future of the New York Knicks still has no clear direction

New York Knicks, James Dolan

The New York Knicks started somewhat on the right path when it came to drafting talent.  In free agency, they were able to add a solid combination of youth and veteran players.  It was clear that they were on the right path to build something.

However, of recent, it appears to be very unclear the direction Mike Miller and the organization wants to take.  Do they want to begin to develop their youth for the future?  Or, do they want to continue playing veteran players when the playoffs are out of reach.  The Knicks currently sit 7 games out of the 8th seed.

For the moment, it seems like the Knicks are content with playing the veterans over the young players.  They’re 12-32 on the season and that’s with mostly playing the older guys.  That should be a sign that the year is lost when the vets aren’t performing.  It’s time to play the kids.

The only thing the organization is going is making their fans more angry.  They’ve been angry since 2013, the Knicks last playoff appearance.  Continuing to play the older players is this meaningless game is only adding fuel to the fire.

We’ve seen this story before with the Knicks and it’s extremely frustrating.  One example, Jarrett Jack.  He played over Frank Ntilikina and Daymean Dotson in 2017 which stalled their development.  A lot of that can be said about this year too.

Taj Gibson is starting over Mitchell Robinson.  Reggie Bullock is starting over Daymean Dotson.  Elfrid Payton, while young, is starting over Frank Ntilikina.  But Ntilikina brings more defense to the table which is a struggle for this team.  And Kevin Knox’s minutes are never enough.

Also, Marcus Morris, 30-years-old, is the Knicks leading scorer but due to his age it’s unlikely he’s in their future plans.  Those ‘future plans’ are very blurry.

The New York Knicks need to figure out what’a best for their future.  As of right now, playing veteran players over the younger ones doesn’t seem to serve a purpose.  They’re taking way minutes and any future strides they might make.  It’s not their fault, it’s the coaching and the front office to blame.

How the New York Knicks roster is constructed this season

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have talent on their roster.  However, David Fizdale needs to find a way to properly use it on the court because it has yet to be seen.  Fans have seen that the talent is there but the execution is not.

Their roster was something to get excited about this off-season.  With 10 new players, there is a good balance between young and veteran players.  But, each player likes to stick to what’s comfortable for them and shy away from the team aspect.

Here’s how the Knicks roster is constructed this season.

The Knicks don’t have an offensive scheme.  It’s all isolation, despite what anyone says.  The main culprits are Julius Randle, Marcus Morris and Allonzo Trier.  These three players always try to take the game into their own hands and away from the team.  Randle and Morris, especially, ruin the flow of the game, most of the time, trying to take their man one-on-one.

Randle tried to take Giannis Antetokounmpo one-on-one early in their last game and that didn’t go well.  That bully isolation isn’t going to work, this isn’t pick up.  Giannis came back taking Randle one-on-one and bullying him.

When it comes to playmakers, there’s a few.  Frank Ntilikina is the one stand outs when it comes to that.  He is always looking to make something happen on both sides of the floor.  Ntilikina is sort of one as sometimes he goes missing on the floor.  Elfrid Payton was one until he got hurt.  He likes to push the pace in transition but there hasn’t been much since his injury.  In time, RJ Barrett will be an even better playmaker as he remains aggressive and attacks the rim.  He and Ntilikina are the lone bright spots in the first 21 games.

Some would say that Randle and Morris could be playmakers.  But they try to do that too much and hurt the team more as compared to helping them.

The one thing the New York Knicks do have is a rim protector in Mitchell Robinson.  The only thing is he needs to stay out of foul trouble.  When Robinson can be consistent, he’ll be a problem.  Taj Gibson had a good stretch at setting the defensive tempo since being inserted into the starting lineup but he’s older and not as quick as he was.

Finally, the Knicks don’t have a go-to shooter.  Daymean Dotson and Kevin Know try to be shooters but you can’t rely on them.  Both are inconsistent, especially Knox, and Dotson needs more minutes.  Again, Randle and Morris try to be shooter but they do too much and turn into gunners when they think ‘they’re feeling it’.

The main thing is that there’s too much isolation.  The Knicks aren’t that good of a team to continuously try one-on-ones.  There needs to be more pick-n-rolls and ball movement because it has worked when they utilized it this season.  It all comes down to being consistent and finding their rhythm, which has yet to be found.

A healthy Daymean Dotson is great for the New York Knicks

New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson

The New York Knicks are finally seeing the healthy Daymean Dotson they hoped for.  Dotson has been coming off off-season shoulder injury and now is 100% healthy.

Dotson is starting to get more minutes but head coach David Fizdale needs to be more consistent with his minutes.  He should be playing Dotson 15-20 every game.  Dotson is only averaging 12.9 minutes this season for the Knicks.

Since he has been healthy and in his last 5 games, Dotson has been averaging 19.6 minutes a game.  That’s exactly what he should be playing for the Knicks.  He provides the Knicks with positives on both sides of the floor.  He is a excellent defender and has the ability to shoot the ball anywhere on the court.

Monday’s game, Dotson played 18 minutes but was able to contribute 11 point while shooting 50% from the field.  However, he was only 1-5 from beyond the arc.  Which is fine because even if his 3-pointer is off, he can still contribute shooting the ball elsewhere.

The New York Knicks don’t have a true shooting guard yet.  RJ Barrett, you can say as been the shooting guard for the Knicks despite being listed at a small forward.  In the Knicks starting lineup, officially, there is no player listed at shooting guard.

The other shooting guards on the team are Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier.  Ellington hasn’t been shooting like he has in the past and Fizdale has soured on Trier hasn’t appeared in a game since 11/12 against the Bulls for only 5 minutes.

If Dotson is able to remain healthy, he can be a solid bench player for the Knicks.  Down the road, Dotson could be the starting shooting guard once they figure out their long-term plans at point guard and small forward positions.

Eventually, Barrett will be at small forward for good and the Knicks will need a permanent shooting guard.  Can Dotson be the guy that steps into that role and be the shooter that fans think he can be?  It depends on how the rest of the season and coaching situation goes.  Right now, Dotson is in the right place to succeed.

How the New York Knicks need to change their lineup

New York Knicks, Boston Celtic, Kevin Knox, Marcus Morris

Head coach David Fizdale has explored numerous lineups for the New York Knicks.  There hasn’t been anything substantial since he took over. He continues to try and find what players work best with each other, and it’s been difficult.

There has been a lot of incomplete lineups whose weaknesses ruin the flow of certain lineups and even games.  The most significant flow stopper was, still, in the Orlando Magic game.  Fizdale subbed in Morris for Knox, who had the hot hand, and it changes the whole rhythm for the Knicks, ultimately taking another loss.

With that being said, one lineup change that fans should hope for is starting Kevin Knox over Marcus Morris.  The Knicks need to be more focused on developing Knox.  He has shown signs of progression through this style of play and shooting thus far.  Knox shot the ball well in Detroit, 5-7 from the field with 2-3 beyond the arc.  His shot looks confident and should get him more minutes.  Knox is currently shooting 43.9% from the floor for this season.

The area of concern for taking Morris out of the starting lineup would be his attitude.  Morris is a fiery player that will command to play more, especially with his contract, 15 million for one season.  Fizdale could start him for 4-5 minutes then sub in Knox to get him more minutes since Morris isn’t in the Knicks future plans.

By switching out Knox for Morris, the Knicks can also tackle another team issue.  Ball hogging between Julius Randle and Morris.  The two can’t play with each other.  They both are ball-dominant players that command one-on-one situations.  That hurts the Knicks more as they aren’t used to playing with each other at this time.

Randle should play more at the center position.  That would help with the floor spacing and create more plays for the offense to run as compared to one-on-one.  Fizdale should find the happy medium with rotating Randle, Mitchell Robinson, and Bobby Portis at center.

Fizdale knows how tough it is to figure out the starting lineup or lineups in general.  Finding what players work best with each other is the hardest part of his job, and with eight new players, it can’t be easy.  The Knicks and Fizdale need to figure out the lineup situation quick before the already restless fans get even more worried.

The New York Knicks 2019-20 season preview and prediction

The 2019-20 New York Knicks season is finally here.  It has been one roller coaster of a summer.  The Knicks were suppose to be the big winner this off-season in free agency and we all know how that played out.

The Knicks did make moves to get the right players for this team.  They’ve added the likes of Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington and Elfrid Payton.  GM Scott Perry thinks they added to correct players for what the Knicks are trying to accomplish.

The New York Knicks will be battling up-hill all season long.  No one is expecting much out of them this season.  Las Vegas has put the Knicks season win total at 27.5.  The main goal for this season is to continue developing their young core.  This consists of RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Dennis Smith Jr.

However, that is not going to be the overall goal for this team.  Morris, Portis, Ellington and Payton are on the record talking about their “dog” mentality.  That mentality was present for the first preseason game then absent for the following games.  Maybe that is going to change once the season begins?  Because the Knicks are looking to “shock people.”  They got to back up all their talk from this summer, that’s maybe the biggest thing of all.

If the Knicks do play to their potential, as a team, they are capable of winning at least 30 games.  The playoffs is a gigantic stretch this season.  Anything over 30 wins will be considered a win of a season for the Knicks.

The Knicks also still don’t have a official starting point guard, it’s expected for be announced today.  It’s between Smith Jr. Payton and Ntilikina.  It appears it’s leaning towards Smith Jr. but he isn’t 100% healthy to begin the season.  Not the smartest move throwing him out there.

Coach David Fizdale also mentioned that he will be going with a 10-man rotation.  It makes sense to do that once the season gets rolling but not right off the bat.  The Knicks talked about having one of the deepest benches in the league.  Why would you not rotate everyone and see what works the best?  Some of Fizdale’s decisions are questionable.

The Knicks will be better then what they were last year.  They just can’t play down to opponents or get down on themselves.  Fans already got a glimpse of that in the game against the Washington Wizards at the Garden.  The Knicks didn’t starting really playing hard until the fourth quarter was nearly over.  All we can say was it was preseason but that look like the old Knicks.

The season should be different and better than last season.  The Knicks have to play as a team and grow together.  Fizdale needs to coach to his strengths and have an offensive scheme if they want to make any progress this season.  Our prediction for the New York Knicks, 31-51.