Knicks news: Courtney Lee says New York intends to play with faster pace
It has been an offseason that has featured much change for the New York Knicks throughout the organization with eyes toward finally turning things around.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, veteran guard Courtney Lee revealed that the Knicks are planning to play with a faster pace this upcoming season to increase their offensive efficiency.
Courtney Lee says NYK coaches want the Knicks to play fast this season. The Knicks ranked 15th in pace last year, per ESPN stats.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 26, 2017
The upheaval of team president Phil Jackso over the offseason has opened up the playbook for the Knicks under head coach Jeff Hornacek in his second year with the team. There will also be the ability to stretch the floor with more spacing and ball movement following the departure of Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder over this past weekend.
The Knicks have constructed a roster that has the potential to run faster with rookie Frank Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr. manning the backcourt while the frontcourt features mobile big men in Kristaps Porzinigis, Enes Kanter, and Willy Hernangomez. There are also other veteran guards such as Lee, Ramon Sessions, and Jarrett Jack that could help allow them to play various small lineups on the floor.
A faster-paced offense may be key to helping the Knicks mask their issues defensively next season while leading to more competitive games.