According to SNY’s Ian Begley, before the season started, the New York Knicks front office “believed that the Knicks were a playoff team and anything less than that was a disappointment.”
After winning only 17 games during 2018-2019 and finishing with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks front office seriously believed that the team was ready to make the playoffs this season?
If anything is disappointing, it is the front office’s roster evaluation skills. After adding RJ Barrett and Julius Randle and a bunch of role players, the Knicks front office seriously believed that the roster was ready for contention?
Talk about delusional. How could the front office look at their roster and think that this team was finished rebuilding? The Knicks were obviously not ready to leave rebuilding mode and jump straight into contending.
That’s why the Knicks firing of head coach David Fizdale made no sense. That was a move that a team contending for a playoff spot would pull. Not a rebuilding team filled with unestablished young talent who are trying to develop their players.
The Knicks have spent this whole season operating like they should be a playoff team when in reality their core was probably a few seasons away from contending.
As of right now, the Knicks are 12-33 and 7.5 games behind the 8th seed Brooklyn Nets. Instead of giving their young talent opportunities to develop, the Knicks have favored veterans with no future on the team in an effort to attempt to make the playoffs this year.
Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and Frank Ntilinka have spent the season averaging 22 minutes or less even when though they are assets that the Knicks used their draft picks on. If the Knicks had stuck with their rebuild, it would make sense to play them 30 minutes a night to try to develop them into starting-caliber players. Instead, they’ve lost playing time to veterans who aren’t apart of their young core who have no future playing for the team
The Knicks are hurting their future and their present by trying to win now with their balance of young players and role-playing veterans. They simply aren’t ready to win now, and the focus should be developing their young talent instead of trying to squeeze into the playoffs as the 8th seed and lose in the first round to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks need to stop pretending that they’re ready to compete for the playoffs and have the patience to develop their young core. The Knicks have NEVER tried to genuinely rebuild over the last 20 years, so I appreciate the team holding on to their draft picks and trying to develop young talent. However, they continue to prove they don’t have the patience for it, which is not a successful way to rebuild.
The Knicks front office is hurting the team in the longterm and short-term by putting playoff expectations on them prematurely. They fired their young head coach only 22 games into the season and are hurting the development of their young assets by giving veterans with no future on the team playing time.
Until the Knicks front office has the patience to properly rebuild, the team will never be able to sustain success.
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