The New York Knicks took a hit in the ratings this past season. This should come as no surprise to fans.
According to the Sports Business Journal, MSG Network had its Knicks ratings drop 38%. I guess when you trade away a franchise player like Kristaps Porzingis, that will happen.
New York Knicks top the Nets in TV viewership:
Despite the big drop in ratings, the Knicks still had better ratings than their borough rival the Brooklyn Nets, who saw their numbers increase as they enjoyed a post-season appearance.
According to Daily News’ Stefan Bondy, the Nets had the league’s worst attendance and television ratings despite making the playoffs. Yeah, making the playoffs is good and all, but what good is it when your fans aren’t watching the games?
Nets accounts on Twitter like to take gabs towards the Knicks and their fan accounts, due to not making the playoffs, having a better outlook and now with the ratings.
However, the New York Knicks are still the King of the City. That is never going to change. Yes, the Nets had a tiny boost in ratings the past two seasons, but they’re still last in attendance and ratings.
Even while the Knicks had the leagues worst record, fans still continue to come to games, pay top dollar for court-side seats and cheer on the team despite constant losing for years now. This just goes to show how loyal New York Knicks fans are to their team.
As pumped as Nets fans should be that they made the playoffs and boosted their ratings, they’re still in second place. The Knicks almost lost have their ratings, on MSG, and still out rated the Nets. Good for Brooklyn on their success, but it is and always will be the Knicks City.
Star power is necessary for any team to succeed in the NBA, but sometimes the mesh of different styles of play can cause too much adhesion. For the New York Knicks, Zion Williamson seems to be the obvious selection if they manage to land the 1st overall pick in the draft.
However, if the Knicks can lure Kevin Durant to the Big Apple, grabbing Ja Morant isn’t a bad consolation given they don’t land the top pick. Pairing the decisive point guard with the perennial All-Star would create an exciting tandem, especially with young building blocks like Mitchel Robinson and Kevin Knox impacting the game.
What would Ja Morant bring to the New York Knicks?
In 2018, Morant averaged 10 assists per game. To put that into perspective, Emmanuel Mudiay averaged 3.9 per game and Dennis Smith Jr. 5.4. There’s no question Morant would immediately be the team’s starting point man, and he would bring versatility and a swagger to New York that hasn’t been seen in quite some time – maybe J.R. Smith’s 6th man of the year campaign flashes what success looks like in the Empire State.
Now, it’s nice to think that Morant would be a premium talent when it comes to distributing the ball and driving to the hoop, but the fact of the matter is, Williamson is simply more powerful and effective.
Zion’s massive frame and shooting ability will draw multiple defenders, opening up opportunities for players like Durant. Keeping the opposing defense honest and playing smash-mouth ball down low in the paint creates shooting chances from behind the arch.
Having athletic youth players like Knox, Robinson, and Dennis Smith Jr. only help form that dream scenario with Williamson and Durant. Durant’s experience and leadership is exactly what’s needed to take the Knicks to the next level, but even if they miss out on Zion in the draft, there’s plenty of talent to choose from that will influence the change in culture for the Knicks.
New York Knicks fans, we have finally, mercifully, made it. The season is over, the pain has ceased. The team can’t lose a game until at least October. Now it’s time for the period of speculation, which will really get going depending on where the ping pong balls fall on lottery night May 14th.
With free agency beginning on July 1, the Knicks have been pegged as the likely destination for current Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant. According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, league executives are convinced that it’s happening.
“So sure are some executives and player agents of a Durant-Irving pairing in New York that one agent told The Athletic that Durant and Irving are debating on who will sign first. Why is that important? The player that is signed second is viewed as the follower, not the leader.”
Now, just as a disclaimer. I am in no way acting as if this is done and that Durant is 100% coming here. However, under the assumption that he is, I wanted to take a look at the potential running mates he could bring along because the Knicks have two max slots and there are several other stars out there.
With that in mind, I’ll look at the following free agents-to-be as it pertains to fit with Durant, fit on the Knicks, cost, age, talent, etc: Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Kyrie Irving. I present…the Kevin Durant Plus-One Rankings.
Jimmy Butler, SF, Philadelphia 76ers (30 years old, 6-8, 232)
Butler is an uber-talented, two-way player who has worked his way up throughout a stellar career. He has been known to be a locker room problem, as he attempted (successfully) to force his way out of Chicago and then Minnesota. Once he was dealt to the 76ers this season his production decreased, as he was playing on a much better team. However, he finished this season averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 total rebounds, 4.0 assists, with a line of .462/.347.855.
He’d slide in at the two, in between Durant and Dennis Smith Jr. While Butler is mostly an isolation player, he can shoot the ball when necessary, and he’d add a nice defensive presence. On paper, this would make sense. However, when you consider Butler’s reputation as a bad locker room guy, and then realize that you would be paying a thirty year old with a lot of wear and tear over $32 million per year, it becomes tricky. While Butler is a very solid basketball player, he’s a better fit on a team like Brooklyn where he can be the man.
Durant Plus-One Rating: 4/10
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Golden State Warriors (29 years old, 6-11, 270)
DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is an interesting player. He tore his Achilles in 2018 while playing for the Pelicans, and then was unable to get a deal, so basically got mad and called the Warriors, essentially agreeing to sign for way less than he was worth in order to get a ring. Before his injury, he was averaging over 25 points and 12 rebounds a night, one of the three best centers in the Association.
Over the past year, he’s recovered from the injury and is slowly working himself back into form, to the tune of 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game on .480/.274/.736 shooting. He clearly isn’t his former self, and who knows if he ever will be. On the Knicks, he could form a devastating frontcourt along with Durant and Mitchell Robinson. Cousins is also already Durant’s teammate, so there might be some rapport there already. Boogie’s passing and shooting are really valuable qualities for a big and he could open up David Fizdale’s offense. Plus, he’d cost less than some other players because of the injury. However, he’d likely only accept a short-term deal, and there is uncertainty around his injury. Will he ever become a top-notch player again? It remains to be seen, and that’s why the Knicks cannot afford to take this risk.
DPO Rating: 5.5/10
Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte Hornets (29 years old, 6-1, 184)
Oh yeah. This is the one folks. Kemba has been an underrated player for years but finally broke out fully this year, establishing himself as elite. Despite a lackluster supporting cast in Charlotte, Walker nearly willed his team to the playoffs, averaging 25.6 points, 4.4 total rebounds, and 5.9 assists a night with a line of .434/.356/.844. He was absolutely electric and has cemented himself as a top-20 player in the league.
Walker would be an excellent fit next to Durant, where he would function as the primary ball-handler and creator, running the offense and scoring when needed. He and Durant would be a tough matchup to deal with, as both can get their shot from anywhere on the floor. Plus, Walker is from New York, and who could forget the way he lit up the Garden during his time at UCONN?
DPO Rating: 9.5/10
Khris Middleton, SG, Milwaukee Bucks (28 years old, 6-8, 222)
Some may laugh at this one, but Middleton is an All-Star and provides three things that the Knicks currently lack: defense, shooting, and length. Middleton was an All-Star for the first time in his career this year and did so by averaging 18.3 points, 6 total rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this year on .441/.378/.837 shooting.
While Middleton isn’t a flashy player, and is not worth the max, he is very consistent and can be a valuable asset to a team looking for shooting and defense. If the Knicks could get him for less than $25 million per year, I think it would be a solid signing,
DPO Rating: 6.5/10
Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics (27 years old, 6-3, 197)
I specifically saved Irving for last, because he is the most controversial, and he’s also the player on this list that I think is most likely to end up teaming up with Durant in Gotham. He is by far the most talented player in consideration, and he has a championship pedigree, but as I outlined here, there are some problems. Irving has had a number of knee surgeries and has also shown a tendency to call out younger teammates publicly, which is especially concerning considering many of the Knicks that are expected to contribute next season are younger players.
Sure, Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5 total rebounds, and 6.9 assists a game on .487/.401/.873 shooting this year. He’s incredibly talented and would be a great fit alongside Durant on the court. It’s hard to bypass a guy with this amount of offensive skill in favor of someone like a Kemba Walker, but injury history, leadership, and personality have to be factors when deciding who to give a contract worth over $30 million a year to.
DPO Rating: 8/10
I very much look forward to this summer, with both the draft and free agency looming, Who do you guys think I left out? How would you rank these players in terms of DPO? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @aidankunst. New York Forever.
A lot of NBA executives say Kevin Durant to the New York Knicks is a lock. Some may disagree, but for now, we will run with it.
Durant has not been the most charming of NBA stars this off-season. He appears to have an awful, lackadaisical attitude while trying to get into fights and ejected.
New York, New Attitude?
Durant has been trash talking everyone all season, most notably Patrick Beverly. While watching him and Beverly exchange words, it begs the question, “Do the Knicks really want him?” Some will say, dumb question. However, is he being this way just so he can get out of Golden State or is this just who he is now?
Many believe he is acting this way because he is unhappy and wants to leave Golden State. To be honest, why would you want to leave that situation, on the best team in the league. But, with his “bully-ish” attitude, the thought did cross my mind wondering if the Knicks want that attitude in the Mecca.
Being in the Garden and the Mecca will be able to change Durant and his bad boy attitude. He will be in a new situation, where it is his team. He will be absolutely beloved through the city and his “tough guy” attitude will be gone.
Durant will again become the lovable player that he was in Oklahoma City, before he decided to leave, of course. However, this is all up for speculation. But, Durant is one hell of an actor if he can flip the switch on his current attitude if he comes to New York. Durant is currently the villain, but he will be the hero and savor with the Knicks.
Let the rumors begin for the New York Knicks. Over the past few days, reports have surfaced indicating that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Mecca is “basically a done deal.” Such rumors have come from unnamed NBA executives.
Yesterday, another report stated that Durant and Irving have been discussing who will sign with the Knicks first. Do not get me wrong, this is all exciting news. However, we need to seriously pump the breaks, yet again.
Things have not gone in the Knicks favor in the past few off-seasons for the Knicks, in free agent terms. I am hear to say that we need to put the excitement on hold. Because until the ink is put to paper for both Durant and Irving, it is only a rumor. Nothing is set in stone and all these reports are rumors and speculation until it actually happens.
New York Knicks – The Draft Pick
One of the biggest determinations is going to be the Knicks draft pick.
If the Knicks get the first pick, which will be Zion Williamson, then we can guarantee at least one big name free agent will bring their talents to New York. If the Knicks do not get the first pick, then it is all up to the basketball Gods.
As for now, we need to take a pause. Again, all this draft and free agency stuff is unbelievably exciting. It is by far the biggest off-season the history of the New York Knicks. It will determine the direction of franchise for the next decade. So take a breathe Knicks fans and let the chips fall where they may, hopefully in our favor, for once.
According to, Ex-Knick, Charles Oakley, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has interest in buying the New York Knicks. Oakley made these claims on The Bill Simmons podcast for The Ringer.
Where did the former New York Knicks player hear this rumor?
Oakley stated that “he heard” there is interest from Bezos in buying the Knicks. That is all speculation and rumors at least point. Nothing to get excited about, considering we have been hearing these rumors for years now.
To be honest, Oakley is just trying to stir the pot when it comes to James Dolan and the Knicks. Not the Knicks themselves as a team, but Dolan.
We all know that Oakley and Dolan have not had the most pleasant relationship. Dolan had Oakley escorted out from a game and yada-yada-yada. This feud will be going on until the end of time, there is no ending in sight.
As for the Bezos rumor, Oakley needs to be right on this one. All Knicks fans should want Bezos to somehow buy the team. Seeing what he has done with Amazon and making it into an e-commerce juggernaut, why not the Knicks? They are already the NBA’s most valuable team. Perfect match.
But to be real, Dolan isn’t selling the team. We all know that. The only realistic way Dolan would sell the team if he doubles what the Knicks are worth, an astronomical amount of dough. It is fun to daydream about these rumors, but that is exactly what they are…rumors.
The New York Knicks had a great draft in 2018, on paper. The team had a lottery pick and selected Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the ninth pick. In the second round, the Knicks chose Mitchell Robinson with the 36th pick out of Chalmette High School in Louisiana.
At the beginning of the season, it appeared that Knox was the better pick. Robinson was battling an ankle injury, but Knox just seemed more fluid. Robinson did not play competitive basketball in a year while training for the draft.
However, the roles have been reversed. Robinson appears to be the better pick as Knox struggled mightily in the second half of the season.
How New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson has performed:
Everyone knew that Robinson has potential and fans have been given the pleasure of seeing what Robinson is capable of.
Robinson has been killing it on the glass and blocking shots, basically all season. He capped it off with that 21 rebound game against the Raptors on March 28th. Robinson has also been shooting 69% from the field for the seaosn. I know, it has all been alley-oops have buckets around the hoop, but you need a player that can be automatic around the rim.
The potential is there and we see it. I can only imagine once Robinson continues to bulk up, gain even more confidence and develop under Fizdale. He can be a serious problem in the East. He’ll be a much better Clint Capela.
Knox started off the season, I mean the summer league looking like the next NBA sensation. In the summer league, he was playing with confidence and looked unstoppable. Then, the ankle injured occurred.
The injury seemed to slow his confidence and development. Knox has shown glimpses throughout the rollercoaster season of his potential as well. He can shoot, needs a lot of work, drive, and jump. Defense needs a lot of work also.
Knox has had spurts of showing and gaining confidence in his production and then it seemed to tail off. The main concerned despite his lackadaisical defense is his shooting percentage.
When you look at his stat sheet, it appears that Knox can score points, which rightfully so. But, when you look at his stat sheet, his field goals and attempts is cringe-worthy.
Knox is only shooting 37% from the field on the season. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it always seems like Knox shoots 3-12, 6-15 or 8-17 from the field. That is not the type of production you want out of a lottery pick. Fizdale needs to do some heavy shooting exercises with Knox on the off-season to boost that confidence.
Both players have a lot of potentials. We have seen it from both, but more so Robinson. The season has been a downhill rollercoaster for the most part, but most fans can all agree on one thing. Mitchell Robinson has been the bright spot for the Knicks this season, not Kevin Knox.
Believe it or not, the Mets and Yankees are heading up north within the next two weeks, which means basketball season is nearing an end. With the New York Knicks already out of playoff contention, what do they have to play for in the final 15 games?
Well, they have a lot to play for with a big offseason coming.
Nobody on the team likes losing. Nobody. The players play hard day in and day out, they don’t care about tanking to get Zion Williamson, they want to win now, so they can have a job next year, whether it is with the Knicks or another team. If the younger players can scrape together a few a wins through the last stretch of the season, I’m sure the players would be happy with their performance, on the other hand, the front office might be voting against wins.
The New York Knicks are in a good and bad spot for the No. 1 pick:
The Knicks are in prime position to land a top pick in the draft. With the new draft lottery rules, even though the Knicks(or the team with the worst record) will finish last, they only have a 14 percent chance at getting a top pick, and could slide all the way down to fifth. If the Knicks young core pulls out a couple wins, the front office could be upset because it could cost them a chance at Zion, R.J. Barrett, or Ja Morant.
The Knicks also want to finish the season strong to showcase the young talent on the team to potential free agents. If the Knicks can finish strong, while it might mean a slightly lower draft pick, can show potential free agents (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) that the Knicks have a young core that has potential to help bring a championship back to New York.
Another important thing the Knicks need to do is see which current players could be back with the team next season. Do players like Mario Hezonja or Emmanuel Mudiay have a future with the team? My guess(and hope) for both those players is no. The Knicks have too many point guards, especially if Irving comes to New York. Another question is if Frank Ntilikina can come back this season and showcase himself to either Scott Perry or another front office for a potential trade.
There is a lot at stake for the Knicks through the final 15 games. It could determine the direction of not only the players but the franchise’s direction.
The New York Knicks are putting everything into this upcoming off-season. It’s starting to get sickening. Don’t get me wrong, I want the Knicks to turn this nightmare around. But, the more we talk about getting Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the number one pick, the farther way it gets.
I don’t like to jinx anything when it comes to sports. Maybe, it’s the former gambler in myself or it’s just my personality. But, I’m starting to get a bad feeling that Knicks fans are jinxing the team from getting the stars they covet.
Fans see Irving getting frustrated with his team in Boston. Durant is always frustrated in Golden State with the media. Instead of them getting frustrated over their team, media or whomever, maybe they’re sick of being linked to the Knicks everyday.
Same with Zion Williamson. The Duke superstar was interviewed after a game and a reporter mentioned the New York Knicks, he laughed. Not the sign Knicks fans we’re hoping for. Then, he mentioned it be cool to play with Kyrie and Durant. The main point is he laughed at the Knicks organization. Knicks fans even laugh at the Knicks.
I just really want all Knicks fans on twitter, websites, everywhere to stop talking about getting all these players this off-season because the more we do the worse it’s going to come back into our faces this off-season when we strike out on literally everyone. Oh, that also means missing out on the first, second or third pick. That’s just our luck anymore it seems.
If Knicks fans really want to help the Knicks improve, stop talking about what could be. Key word ‘could’. Lets let the chips fall where they may and continue to pray that the basketball gods turn our sad situation around.
The New York Knicks should have a top pick in this upcoming draft, simple. Almost everybody in the basketball world agrees that a player on the Duke Blue Devils roster will be the number one pick in the NBA draft. Most people see that as Zion Williamson, but if I was an NBA General Manager and has the first pick I would pick RJ Barrett.
I had the chance to watch Barrett live Saturday February, 23rd against Syracuse. Zion didn’t play in that game due to his crazy sneaker injury in the previous game. Barrett took over the game, and filled the stat sheet, and crushed me, as a diehard Syracuse basketball fan, my dreams of sweeping Duke in the regular season. Barrett scored 30 points in the game, including multiple daggers that changed the outcome of the game. That game made me realize, that there is a reason Barrett was one spot higher then Zion Williamson in most recruiting rankings.
Can Zion jump out of the gym? Yes
Can Zion fill the seats of any stadium? Yes
Can Zion become a great pro? Probably
But, I think Barrett’s game fits the NBA better. At the end of the day, he’‘ll be the better pro of the two. Zion can get by defenders now in college basketball, but will he be able to get by Anthony Davis and elite NBA players and perform earth shattering dunks? For all he has worked, he’s not a great shooter, and who knows if he will ever be able to improve his shooting. Zion has also had two freak injuries in the past month, a shoe malfunction, and getting poked in the eye. With how Zion plays, there could be questions about durability, and if his body will be able to take all the hits. I, personally, just think there should be more questions about if Zion’s game can translate to the NBA.
Barrett has so much potential, and so much room to grow. He can score in bunches, and is an amazing defender already. Barrett could easily become one of the best wing players in the NBA in his first two year’s in the league.
Both have amazing potential, and an organization would be happy with either of them. But, RJ Barrett makes more sense for the Knicks. Imagine this starting lineup next season.
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: RJ Barrett
SF: Kevin Knox
PF: Kevin Durant
C: Mitchell Robinson
That’s as good as a starting lineup in the Eastern Conference.
In my opinion, there is more risk picking Zion. He has a lower ceiling and a lower floor, then RJ Barrett. RJ Barrett is one of the best college basketball players I have ever seen. His game will translate better to the NBA then Zion Williamson.