As a fan of the New York Knicks, there are some things that I’ve grown accustomed to in terms of this group. Initially, the Knicks will all the time make the flawed transfer, and it’ll shock nobody. Hiring Isaiah Thomas, buying and selling for Eddy Curry, hiring Derek Fisher, drafting Jordan Hill, and empowering Phil Jackson solely characterize a small share of a laundry listing of poor offseason strikes within the final 20 years.
Because the twenty first century, the Knicks are Murphy’s Legislation. No matter can go flawed, will go flawed. Apart from a short stint from 2010-2013 that included Melo, Amare, and Linsanity, it’s been a darkish time as a Knicks fan, which is why what I’m about to say is overseas territory for many of us.
The Knicks had a strong draft evening.
In different phrases, they didn’t mess up, which is the following smartest thing.
With the eighth decide, the Knicks chosen Obi Toppin, the Nationwide Participant of the 12 months out of Dayton. Toppin had a stellar season for the Flyers, averaging 20 PPG and seven.5 RPG. Toppin is a 6’9″, 220 pound spotlight reel with a terrific motor and spectacular skill to complete on the rim.
The Knicks are determined for a playmaker at guard, which is why many believed the crew would choose Tyrese Haliburton with the eighth decide. I might’ve picked both man, however it seems Tom Thibodeau and Leon Rose needed Toppin all the way in which.
I perceive followers who needed a guard, however I’m puzzled with the Toppin slander. His protection and footwork should enhance or he’ll turn into a legal responsibility on the defensive aspect. Nonetheless, Toppin is a high-character, hardworking participant that went from a 6’1″ highschool prospect to a 6’9″ lottery decide. Work ethic won’t be an issue. I’m bored with seeing gamers draw back from the intense lights of MSG. Toppin is a New York native who WANTS to be a Knick. You’ll be able to’t put a worth on that keenness. This child goes to shine as quickly as he steps foot into the constructing.
After the Toppin choice, the Knicks then made just a few head-scratching selections. They traded as much as decide 23 however then traded again to get decide 25 and decide 33. At 25, the Knicks chosen Immanuel Quickley. The sharpshooter received SEC Participant of the 12 months and can look to mild it up behind the arc. Nonetheless, the Knicks want a distributor, and Quickley solely averaged 1.9 APG final season. Quickley does help the idea that the Knicks have gotten the “Kentucky Pipeline.”
I might’ve cherished to take an opportunity on RJ Hampton at decide 23 and I’m disillusioned it didn’t occur. I can defend the Quickley decide, however I’m speechless with the Daniel Oturu commerce. I assumed Oturu, a strolling double-double in faculty, was a very good worth decide, which is why buying and selling him for a 2023 second spherical decide is not sensible.
Total, the Knicks drafted two guys that ought to play straight away. Now, the eye turns to free company. Cue up the theme tune from Jaws as a result of Leon Rose is about to make a transfer.
First, he cleaned home. Rose created $40 million in cap house by waiving and declining a lot of guys like Wayne Ellington and Bobby Portis.
Rose was not completed.
The Knicks have roughly $35 million in cap house. “Leon, the Launderer” is accumulating ammo for his subsequent transfer. How large will or not it’s? It seems he has his eyes on just a few targets.
If I’m being sincere, I’m not loopy about buying and selling for Westbrook. The 40m+ cap hit over the following 3 years is unappetizing. I wouldn’t overpay for Hayward, who’s been a shell of himself because the main harm. I’m not satisfied Fred VanVleet might be “the man.” I like Malik Beasley and would attempt to make that commerce work.
Regardless of all of my doubts, am I actually in a spot the place I might be choosy? Have you ever watched the Knicks since 2013? Possibly it’s time to say, “Fuck it,” throw all of it on purple, and let it journey.
Buying and selling for Westbrook and signing Hayward to an extended deal could also be silly, however what’s the different? Each Knicks fan is fast to say what the crew shouldn’t do however gradual to supply a viable resolution. They received’t accumulate picks like Sam Presti. They don’t draft effectively like Bob Myers. Masai Ujiri just isn’t strolling by the door.
I’m bored with watching the Knicks tank and strike out within the offseason. Is a beginning lineup of Russ, RJ, Hayward, Obi, and Mitch a foul factor? That may very well be a possible playoff crew. I’d kill to observe basketball that issues. Possibly I’m delusional. Possibly I’m simply bored with the identical outdated shit. Maybe I ought to embrace the concept of taking possibilities on costly gamers.
There’s no proper reply, however for the primary time since 2016, the Knicks have my full and undivided consideration.
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