2018-19 Season Preview: New York Knicks

Lottery pick Kevin Knox gives the Knicks some hope for the future.

Coach: David Fizdale (entering his first season with Knicks; third year overall, 50-51, .495).

Last Season: 29-53, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees: Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Lance Thomas, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jarrett Jack, Frank Ntilikina, Luke Kornet.

Key Additions: Kevin Knox (rookie, Kentucky), Mitchell Robinson (rookie), Mario Hezonja (Orlando), Noah Vonleh (Chicago).

Key Losses: Michael Beasley (LA Lakers), Kyle O’Quinn (Indiana).

Outlook: Another year, another era tips off for the Knicks, as general manager Scott Perry sent coach Jeff Hornacek packing and hired David Fizdale, who suffered the same fate in Memphis, largely because he and Marc Gasol did not get along. With star Kristaps Porzingis’ return date from a torn ACL up in the air, Perry was able to add a couple intriguing players in the draft in the form of Kevin Knox out of Kentucky and Mitchell Robinson, whom did not play a second of college basketball after initially enrolling at Western Kentucky. Both played very well for New York in the Las Vegas Summer League, the 18-year-old Knox showing off a versatile skillset and Robinson flashing as an athletic 7-footer. However, there isn’t much else to get pumped up about on the roster. The good news is, the Knicks are likely headed back to the lottery and will have in the neighborhood of $30 million to spend next summer when a star-studded free-agent class hits the market. For now, though, this season will be about how Porzingis’ health translates once he returns and watching the development of Knox and Robinson.

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