Knicks fans have been here before plenty of times over the last few decades. First, there’s the unbridled excitement they have after catching a glimpse of their young players, only to then completely lose interest in the team one month into the season. There is, however, the chance that this group of young Knickerbockers will be able to capture their fans’ attention for much longer.
Let’s face it, New York’s second unit comprised of Immanuel Quickley, Frank Ntilikina, and Mitchell Robinson might bring more to the game in terms of enjoyment than their projected starting lineup. Even if the Knicks aren’t winning many games against the top echelon teams in the league, fans hope they finally have the right pieces to build around.
Expect New York to stumble out the blocks early on as head coach Tom Thibodeau will likely rely on the veterans before mixing in some of the younger players. Once he realizes that playing the veterans isn’t necessarily translating into wins, then the younger players will start to see increased minutes down the stretch. New York needs to figure out what they have in players like Kevin Knox and if he’s worthy of a contract extension. Figuring which players will be mainstays on the roster moving forward should be New York’s ultimate goal for the season. Anything more than that would just be a cherry on top.
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