The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!
Record Last 10 Seasons: 32-50 (2016), 17-65 (2015), 37-45 (2014), 54-28 (2013), 36-30 (2012), 42-40 (2011), 29-53 (2010), 32-50 (2009), 23-59 (2008), 33-49 (2007)
Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2013 Conference Semifinals vs. Indiana Pacers
Last Playoff Series Win: 2013 First-Round vs. Boston Celtics
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1999 vs. San Antonio Spurs
NBA Championships Won: 2
Overall Record: 101-112
Record With Team: 0-0
Playoff Record: 0-0
PG: Derrick Rose (16.4 PPG, 4.7 APG, 3.4 RPG, 13.52 PER)
SG: Courtney Lee (9.6 PPG, 1.7 APG, 2.6 RPG, 11.55 PER)
SF: Carmelo Anthony (21.8 PPG, 4.2 APG, 7.7 RPG, 20.38 PER)
PF: Kristaps Porzingis (14.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 17.80 PER)
C: Joakim Noah (4.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 14.08 PER)
Brandon Jennings (PG), Kyle O’Quinn (C), Justin Holiday (SG), Maurice Ndour (PF), Lance Thomas (SF), Sasha Vujacic (SG), Guillermo Hernangomez (C), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (SF), Lou Amundson (C), Cleanthony Early (SF)
Team Leaders (last season):
Points Per Game: Carmelo Anthony (21.8)
Rebounds Per Game: Carmelo Anthony (7.7)
Steals Per Game: Carmelo Anthony (0.9)
Assists Per Game: Carmelo Anthony (4.2)
Blocks Per Game: Kristaps Porzingis (1.9)
Turnovers Per Game: Carmelo Anthony (2.4)
Good luck figuring out this New York Knicks team heading into the season. Perhaps no other team in the NBA underwent a makeover quite like the Knicks did this off-season. The people in charge of the team finally came to grips with the fact that Carmelo Anthony can’t do everything by himself and he desperately needed some help. The Knicks went out and made some huge splashes in an effort to drastically turn this team around. The only problem is….no one knows whether or not they whiffed on their choices or if the Knicks found some NBA gold and we won’t know until the season starts. That’s why the Knicks are extremely hard to predict going into this season.
Gone from this New York Knick’s roster are Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez, and Arron Afflalo. With their departures, the Knicks signed former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, his Chicago Bulls running mate Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. The only problem is, I’m not sure the Knicks improved their roster very much with these additions. It’s no secret that Derrick Rose’s career has taken a turn for the worst these last few seasons. The guy can’t stay healthy and has been injury prone his entire career. Plus when he is healthy, he’s nowhere near the same player he was when he was playing at an MVP-like level a few years ago. I have plenty of concern that the Rose and Anthony pair could end up being a huge disappointment for the Knicks. There’s also a chance that it could end up paying off big time as the Knicks return to the playoffs for the first time in four years. Like I said earlier, good luck predicting this team.
I personally think the Knicks will be good enough to flirt with a playoff spot this year. There’s no way I consider them “NBA title contenders” though. I’m sorry but Derrick Rose is washed up, Joakim Noah sucks now, Jeff Hornacek has never made the playoffs as a head coach, and Carmelo Anthony is still a very selfish player who doesn’t make his teammates better. I do love me some Kristaps Porzingis though and I’m expecting a big season out of that guy this year. Unfortunately that won’t be enough to satisfy Knicks fans….but it will be fun watching them call this team “championship worthy”, only to jump off the cliff when they get ousted in the first-round. But hey….we are getting ahead of ourselves.