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Midseason Grades for Every NY Knicks Player

January 12th, 2017
F grades for everyone! The whole New York Knicks roster, the coaches, the trainer, the front office, the guy who mops the sweat off the court. Everyone. OK, that's severe. In fact, some players have actually improved since the last time I graded them. But in the midst of a repugnant 1-9 ...

Best Potential 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline Targets for New York Knicks

January 7th, 2017
Only five games separate the 10th-place New York Knicks from the third-place Boston Celtics in the slippery Eastern Conference as of Jan. 7. But if the Knicks want to sink their claws into a playoff berth, they may need to trade for a player who will sharpen their 25th-ranked defense. The ...

Quarter-Season Grades for Each New York Knicks Player

December 23rd, 2016
The fall semester is over. Time for the New York Knicks to go home for the holidays and either brag about or apologize for the grades they've earned. In an Eastern Conference that's as tight and topsy-turvy as a game of Twister, the 16-13 Knicks are precariously ranked fifth. With an ...

3 Players Who Still Have to Step Up for the New York Knicks

November 24th, 2016
Nearly every New York Knicks player has stepped up with a few stellar performances this season. But sometimes the breathtaking skills they flash Tuesday aren't enough to distract you from their lackluster effort Monday. Energetic starters are sluggish, fluid bench units are erratic. Inconsistency has been the Knickerbockers' key trouble in their ...

Diagnosing New York Knicks’ Remaining Roster Flaws

November 10th, 2016
Just when you think head coach Jeff Hornacek has settled on his primary bench players, an entirely different collection of backup Knickerbockers sweeps in and blows the roof off Madison Square Garden. The second-half lineup helped power the New York Knicks to a much-needed 110-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday ...

2016-17 NBA Season Predictions for Each NY Knicks Player

October 26th, 2016
Over the NBA preseason, head coach Jeff Hornacek and the new-look New York Knicks began to make good on their promise to deliver a rolling, rapid-fire fast-break offense. The defense was energetic but disorganized. The hustle is there; the sharpness is not. While the bench players individually have much to offer, ...

New York Knicks 2016-17 NBA Training Camp Roster Rankings

September 29th, 2016
Rooting for a ragtag bunch is a grand sports tradition. And although the 2016-17 New York Knicks are not an underdog, they certainly are ragtag. On the franchise's 70th birthday, it fits that so many of its new players fervently repeat "I feel great" and "the [insert body part] feels strong" to ...

Realistic Expectations for the NY Knicks’ 2016-17 Starting Lineup

July 29th, 2016
Never underestimate the power of fun. It apparently played a role in Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Judging by the happy interviews and shirtless group workout videos, the New York Knicks' squad of comeback kids appears to be having a blast together. Will Derrick Rose, Courtney ...

Realistic Expectations for NY Knicks Rookie Guillermo Hernangomez in 2016-17

July 21st, 2016
Any friend of Kristaps Porzingis is a friend of New York Knicks fans. So Guillermo "Willy" Hernangomez should get a warm welcome in New York when he suits up as backup center. Hernangomez and Porzingis were once teammates on Baloncesto Sevilla in Liga ACB, and, as Hernangomez told ESPN.com's Ian Begley, "We ...

Report Card Grades for Each NY Knicks Free-Agent Signing

July 14th, 2016
Team president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and director of player personnel Mark Warkentien: Your homemade cookies, wrapped in a shiny bow, are on their way. Some observers have dismissed your New York Knicks' offseason maneuvers as posturing that makes the team socially relevant but not legitimately competitive...but they're just ...