New York Knicks Last Season Performance
The New York Knicks underperformed this season; they finished in 11th position in the Eastern Conference with a 37-45 record. Moreover, the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Knicks from the Play-In tournament with a 131-107 victory over the Cavs. As a consequence, they missed their spot in the playoffs.
The Knicks made it to the playoffs in the 2020-21 campaign for the first time since 2013; they made some roster movements by adding Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier in hopes of making it again this season; however, the changes did not pay off.
The addition of Walker to the Knicks lineup was promising; however, after only 37 games, the Knicks removed Walker from their rotation for the rest of the season due to Walker’s defensive struggles, health issues, and an alleged problem with Walker’s ability to fit the team’s chemistry.
With Fournier’s addition, New York expected to grow their shot-creating and playmaking. While Fournier was successful at three-pointers, he struggled with defense and consistency.
Another significant loss for the Knicks was Derrick Rose. Rose has the tremendous scoring ability, his defense improved, and he is an unselfish and consistent player. However, Derrick missed 56 games due to ankle surgery. His absence was detrimental to the Knicks.
In addition, 2020-21 Most Improved Player Julius Randle took a massive drop statistically.
He went from averaging 24.1 points per game on 45% shooting from the field to 20.1 points and from 41% shooting from three to a disappointing 31%.
On the bright side, the Knicks counted on RJ Barrett, who delivered a solid individual performance throughout the regular season.
The 2021-22 campaign was RJ Barrett’s third season in the NBA; some argue the third season is when most rookie players level up, Barret contributed to this idea with his performance. He started slowly in the season, but he improved gradually. He came off from averaging 15 points per game to finish the season with 20.0 ppg while shooting 40.8% from the field.
New York Knicks Offseason Changes
After missing the playoffs, the Knicks aim to improve their lineup in the best possible way. There’s much pressure on the young roster, so New York is looking to build around their talent and balance it out.
The Knicks got to the offseason with a first-round pick, but they didn’t select it until the second round -They drafted Trevor Keels as the 42nd pick- A move basketball experts and fans criticized.
New York has had an eventful offseason. They signed Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein in free agency and re-signed Mitchell Robinson, Jericho Sims, and RJ Barrett.
New York Knicks Key Additions
The New York Knick’s best off-season move is the addition of point guard Jalen Brunson. Brunson will add depth to the team and make it more valuable. Last season he was a starter for the Mavs, which worked great, and he had a remarkable playoff performance with the Mavs.
In Game 2 of Dallas’ first-round series, he dropped 41 points versus the Jazz. He averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in the 2022 playoffs.
Brunson will boost the Knicks on defense, scoring, and playmaking. Also, he will be a great partner to RJ Barrett and Julius Randle.
Overall, the Knicks did a great job on free-agency moves.
New York Knicks Key Substractions
New York had high expectations when they added Kemba Walker; however, the addition seemed not to be a good fit for the point guard. He received low minutes and was out of rotation early in the season.
The Knicks traded Walker to the Detroit Pistons to clear space for Jalen Brunson.
New York Knicks Coach Analysis
Coach Tom Thibodeau received the 2020-21 Coach of the Year Award after his first season with the Knicks for the tremendous improvement the Knicks showed on defense. However, he failed to lead the Knicks to the playoffs; since there has been an ongoing conversation on Thibodeau’s coaching style and fit with New York.
On the positive end, Thibs fully invests in the Knicks’ young core. Under his lead, RJ Barret has improved drastically; he has evolved into a critical piece of the team. In addition, Jericho Sims, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson, and Miles McBride have all shown noticeable improvement.
On the other end, players have underperformed under coach Thibodeau’s watch. Kemba Walker and Julius Randle are the clearest examples. It is curious to see how once named the Most Improved Player, became the most disappointing piece on the team, and Kemba, once a valuable asset for the Knicks, was removed from the rotation.
With the recent changes in the roster, time will tell if Thibs could coach both veterans and youngsters.
New York Knicks Betting Prediction for the 2022-23 Season
The Knicks must start strong next season; they were successful in the offseason with the addition of Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein.
Jalen Brunson will bring playoff experience and, most likely, will become the lead scorer on the team. Hartenstein adds a solid defense, rim protection, and rebounding mastery.
Both veterans will go well with the Knicks’ young core. We expect to witness a synergy between them that could take the Knicks to get a spot in the playoffs.
The sportsbook has the New York Knicks at +10000 to win the NBA Championship and +5000 to win the Eastern Conference. While both titles are out of the question for the Knicks, we can expect great individual performances, career highs, and new appearances on the All-Star team.
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New York Knicks FAQs
When was the last chance the New York Knicks made the playoffs?
The Knicks last made the playoffs in 2021 to face the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference First Round. New York was eliminated from the playoffs in a 103-89 Game 5 defeat.
When was the last time the Knicks won a playoff series?
The Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in 2013 in the Eastern Conference First Round. New York beat the Celtics 88-80 in Game 6. With the victory, the Knicks advanced to face the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Second Round.
Who is the current best New York Knicks player?
In the 2021-22 season, Immanuel Quickley had the highest plus-minus at +264, which basically means, the Knicks’ performed better when the guard was on the court.
Can RJ Barrett win the 2022-23 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
The sportsbook has RJ Barrett to win the 2022-23 NBA Most Improved Player Award at +2000, the fifth favorite. Barrett had a remarkable last season, he improved statically and his turnover rate declined significantly. If the forward guard keeps playing consistently, he has a chance to win the MIP award.