Julius Randle’s time in the league has been marked by ups and downs. Where does the embattled Knicks star go from here?. Julius Randle caught the ball in the high post and sized up his defender, all but licking his lips at the speed advantage he knew he had. He jabbed left and took two hard dribbles right, drawing the helpside rim protector as he exploded into his man’s body and attempted to dump the ball off to his center. The ball was poked free and both teams were off and running the other way – everyone except for Randle, who remained down, leaning against the stanchion and grimacing in pain. He’d heard the pop; he knew what had happened before the doctors did.
Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes have both seen their names come up in trade talks, but which of the precious neophytes is most coveted?. For what feels like the first time in ages, the New York Knicks are replete with trade assets. Specifically, two forms of them. First, there’s the treasure trove of future draft choices at New York’s disposal. The Knicks have 13 picks over the next three drafts — seven are first-round choices (counting their own).
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The Knicks produced a whole lot of memorable performances in the 2021-22 season. As the new season draws closer, let’s look back at the top 10. It has been pretty quiet on the free-agency end since the initial first day of the signing frenzy for the New York Knicks. The Donovan Mitchell trade talks have died down recently as Leon Rose and Danny Ainge continue their staring contest. But don’t fear; there are plenty of good things to look forward to as the new season draws ever closer.
The 2010s were not an auspicious era for the Knicks, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t players worth celebrating. 316-469. That’s the New York Knicks’ combined record from 2010-11 to 2019-20. A .402 winning percentage over the course of a decade. Looking back on the 2010s,...
Las Vegas is a city of false hope, but there are oases of predictive success amongst the mirages of past Summer League standout performances. This summer, longtime suffering Knicks fans coming off a disappointing season were offered a reprieve, a mirage in the distance of what could possibly be with the success of a grit and grind Summer League team in Las Vegas. The Knicks Summer League successes had even more attention brought to them because of the rampant trade rumors surrounding some of the stars of the team.
RJ Barrett has grown as a scorer every season despite inconsistent point guard play. Jalen Brunson’s presence should allow him to shine. RJ Barrett had his best season to date last year when he averaged 20.0 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds and three assists. The former third overall pick’s success is even more remarkable when accounting for the fact that he’s yet to play alongside a true starting point guard.
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Miles McBride didn’t get much burn in year one. What are the steps he can take to earn more time in year two?. Coming into the 2022 Summer League, it was clear that Quentin Grimes was to be the team’s focal point and offensive hub. Grimes was coming off an injury-shortened but still very promising rookie year, and was hoping to build on it. He was rewarded with a spot on the All-NBA Summer League First Team for his efforts and was unquestionably one of the top performers in Las Vegas.
Much has been made of the defensive issues with a Jalen Brunson and Donovan Mitchell duo. How much of a problem would it be?. Height has been discussed more than ever this offseason for the New York Knicks. The skepticism surrounding the Knicks’ ability to maintain an above-average defense in...
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