NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-9-2015
New York Knicks Have Hope for Playoffs in Weak Eastern Conference
The New York Knicks were very much a disappointment in the 2014-15 season. They finished the year with a record of 17-65 and were the second worst team in the NBA by one game over the 16-66 Minnesota Timberwolves. The last team to make the playoffs in the East last year was the Brooklyn Nets who finished at 38-44. So a 22-25 game improvement could position the Knicks back into the playoff picture.
There is much to improve from this club. They desperately need scoring as they ranked 30th and last in the NBA in points scored per game (91.9) and were 28th and third last in the league in shooting percentage (42.8%). Defense was bad as well as New York was 27th in field goal defense by allowing 46% shooting and were the worst three point shooting defending team in the league by giving up 38% from beyond the arc to opponents. Derek Fisher returns for his second year as the Knicks head coach. General manager Phil Jackson has told the media he will help Fisher with his coaching. Fisher has been involved recently in a scandal with NBA veteran Matt Barnes over a woman. The additions of Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams and Robin Lopez will improve the Knicks.
New York Knicks PG:
The Spaniard is a 34 year old point guard who will be challenged defensively covering the twenty somethings. He averaged 30 minutes a game last year and shot 41.5%. The expectation is that Calderon could be relegated to a reserve player at some point during the season.
New York Knicks SG:
The veteran shooting guard at 29 yards old has bounced around the league. He was acquired from the Portland Trailblazers last year. He shot well from the three point line with Portland making 41.4% from beyond the arc. The question is will Afflalo get enough shot attempts in New York with Carmelo Anthony on the court. He is still a good acquisition by New York because Anthony may be willing to pass to him to avoid double and triple teams.
New York Knicks SF:
The All Star enters his 12th year in the league and is already 31 years old. He battled through injuries last year that forced him to miss 44 games. Three seasons ago Anthony missed 15 games and four seasons ago he missed 27 games. Last year Carmelo hit 44.4% from the field and 34.1% from three point range. Two seasons ago he averaged 38.7 minutes a game which was a career high.
New York Knicks PF:
Williams was a first round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011 season. He spent time in Sacramento the past two seasons. In 74 games with the Kings, Williams averaged 44.7% shooting from the floor and nearly 20 points. His rebounding numbers have been very disappointing. Williams was a big time player in college at Arizona but he played in rather small markets in the NBA. The buzz in New York and Madison Square Garden could spark Williams’s career and we like his move to the Knicks.
New York Knicks C:
Now in his seventh year Robin Lopez plays for his fourth team in his career. He is another former first round draft pick on the Knicks roster. Last year with the Trailblazers Lopez played nearly 28 minutes and averaged 9.6 points a game and hit 53.5% from the field. He rebounds and is a defensive presence in point prevention so he will get plenty of playing time in New York.