Power Rankings #26: New York Knicks
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The New York Knicks are coming off of a 29-53 campaign that was riddled with odd story lines, injuries, and just a lot of "Knicky" moments. However, it seems that the Knicks have finally found some stability and normalcy this offseason and should be able to carry it into this upcoming year. New Head Coach David Fizdale is one of the best young minds in coaching and well respected as being a good coach to play for, it looks like the Knicks did well in the draft by selecting Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson, and they'll be in no rush to get Kristpas Porzingis back onto the court following his knee injury.
Last season got derailed after Porzingis went down and from that point on it was a race to the bottom of the Eastern Conference as they looked to get the highest pick they possibly could in the upcoming draft. Kevin Knox still has some question marks, but his summer league performances left Knicks fans feeling relieved that they were able to get what looks to be another young stud to put along the 7'3 Latvian unicorn. While we most likely won't see Porzingis until early 2019, that will give the Knicks plenty of chances to give their other young pieces (Knox, Ntilikina, Robinson, and Mudiay) minutes and opportunities to learn and grow together.
With Porzingis, this team could compete for the eighth or seventh seed in the East, but with him sidelined for most of the season, there is a good chance we don't see the Knicks eclipse a 30 win season. Out of all the teams covered up to this point however, I think the Knicks have the best chance to make a surprise run at a playoffs spot. If Knox can hit the ground running and the Knicks find themselves with 15-20 wins by January and Porzingis returns 100% healthy, it wouldn't be crazy to see the Garden get some playoff buzz.