2016-17 New York Knicks Basketball Predictions
The New York Knicks are in the doldrums, and they are suffering through one of the worst stretches in their team’s history. They have not won a championship in over 40 years, and they have not been the playoffs in a few years. This article is a story of why the New York Knicks will likely falter again in the 2016-2017 season. Their team is not built to succeed, and the addition of Kristaps Porzingis is not enough to solve their problems.
#1: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Kristaps Porzingis Cannot Fix Everything
Signing Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose may seem like a coup for the team, but the Knicks cannot solve their problems with old stars who are frequently-injured. These two men may play well during the season, but they cannot score 100 points a game. They must have people around them, and the young Porzingis is not prepared to take over the team at this time. Depth is a priority on the Knicks, and their depth is not improving.
#2: Kurt Rambis
Kurt Rambis was hired by Phil Jackson due to their previous relationship, and Kurt is a triangle offense guy who will bring that offense to the team following Derek Fisher’s firing. Maintaining consistency is the most important part of growing the team in Phil’s eyes, but he is not considering how the NBA has changed since he last ran the triangle with the Lakers in 2010.
Kurt Rambis is not capable of coaching defense, and the Knicks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league. A team that lacks on defense must score 120 points a game to compete, and the team cannot pull that many points from their scorers. Hiring Kurt Rambis maintains a system that may not work in the modern NBA.
#3: No One Runs The Triangle Offense
The triangle offense is dead in the NBA. Tex Winter created it under Phil Jackson, and it worked quite well with the Bulls of the 90s and the Lakers of the oughts. The offense has been passed by in favor of motion offenses that use a scoring point guard, and the triangle is too easy to defend in the current NBA. Guys are bigger and stronger, and the triangle is easy to study. It is difficult to study a scoring point guard who creates their own shot such as Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook.
#4: No One Fears The Knicks
The Knicks are not feared in the Eastern Conference, and they are given quite a bit of disrespect that other teams hurl at them during their games. Knicks players often become frustrated during their games, and the team ends up in foul trouble. They play from behind, and they stop playing defense. The frustrations all mount up to a result that is typically a loss.
#5: The Fans Turn On The Team Easily
The Knicks fan base turns on their team often, and the booing in Madison Square Garden may be vicious at times. The team must weather quite a lot of cajoling from their fans, and the fans will not believe until they see the team do as they believe they should. Carmelo Anthony must play defense, and the team must avoid off-the-court drama that derails them every season.
Having an owner who is prone to embarrassing the team makes the Knicks an even larger target for criticism. They will likely not play well in 2016-2017 because they are not prepared to play defense or a modern offense. Adding old talent only helps so much in the NBA as it is currently constructed.