#13) New York Knicks
Look, the Knicks may not have had the offseason they envisioned post-Porzingis trade, all that cap space and no established star will don the blue and orange entering next season.
But, they did sign some team-friendly contract terms in hope that they can attract the big names in the 2021 free agency period—I’ll allow hope and optimism.
The Knicks have an enticing core, Mitchell Robinson displayed what is now really well documented upside his rookie campaign and should be looking at an extended role this season. Knox has to let the game come to him more organically, but he did have a few nice performances last year.
RJ Barrett represents what is hoped to be a bright future for Knicks faithful, he’s going to have his ups/downs as a rookie this year and he’s going to have the bright lights of the Garden shining directly on him—it’s going to be rough at times, maintaining confidence is going to be key.
I’m just really curious to see what Fizdale does with all these power forwards, should be an entertaining year for the Knicks—for better, and for worse. The 2019/20 campaign in all likelihood will be another lottery season for the franchise, but hey, slow growth is still growth.