When the New York Knicks added Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee last summer, many thought of them as a team geared to make it to the playoffs. However, things have not gone according to plan as they are now in danger of missing out on the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.
Kristaps Porzingis gave a very interesting take on this season’s Knicks, via Marc Berman of the New York Post, and even went as far as saying they are “not that good of a team.” He also added that they aren’t playing together yet but believes they can contend for a title in the future.
“I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team. We can win games based on our talent but it’s not going to last long. [We needed] more work, attention to details, to keep growing as a team. A good team needs time to play together. It was our first year of most of the guys playing together. It never happens like that [where] you trade a couple of players and you’re a championship contender. It’s understandable we weren’t going to win the championship, but I could tell we weren’t there yet.’’
After the Knicks’ decent start to the season, their direction went south as losses piled up during the middle of the campaign. Injuries also struck them which hampered their lineup and they were forced to give extended minutes to some of their role players.
If there’s any silver lining to their disappointing year, Porzingis has emerged as a leader for them and will be a cornerstone in their quest to bring back lost glory to their storied franchise. The 7-foot-3 Latvian international has also played better this year with averages of 18.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game.
Should he be able to play at the same level or even surpass his current production by next season, he will give the Knicks something to build around and will make Anthony’s potential deal out of New York come summertime more bearable.