Despite an abysmal 4-13 record to start the season, New York Knicks players still believe that they have a shot at making the playoffs.

The Knicks have been pretty inconsistent this season, but for Mitchell Robinson, team chemistry will improve as the season wears on, per Marc Berman of the NY Post.

“How can you get chemistry with 10 new guys you just met and never played with before? We’ve played with a lot of playoff teams and stayed in the game. Think about when we do get the connection, we’re going to be all right,” Robinson shared.

Dennis Smith Jr. shares the same sentiments, saying that although the Knicks are losing, they have kept the game close against some of the better teams in the league.

“We’ve been pushing teams to the brink. It’s little discipline things we got to work on in the fourth,” the former Dallas Mavericks guard added.

The Knicks had several good games against some of the East’s contenders. They lost 104-102 against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 11 and a 109-104 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 21. On the positive side, they have scored two victories against the Mavs, currently the fourth-best team in the Western Conference.

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Veteran guard Wayne Ellington believes that there’s still plenty of time for them to turn things around.

“I see a lot of similarities to that [Miami] team. We were 11-30, flipped the whole thing and went 30-11 to finish the season. I don’t plan on going 11-30, but I think we’ll have breakthrough sooner or later,” Ellington said.

Prior to the start of the season, the Knicks were one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA. After being spurned by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, its front office assembled a team filled with young vets and prospects. They may be struggling to win games, but everyone on the roster is optimistic about what they can do moving forward.

Plus, Taj Gibson feels that there’s always going to be hope because the Knicks are in the East.

“You got to look at the circumstances we’re in,” Gibson added. “We’re in the East. Nobody’s running away. Maybe the top four teams. We’re still optimistic. If we get three wins in a row, you’re right back in the hunt.”