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41-31 • 4th in EASTERN CONFERENCE

HEAD COACH: Tom Thibodeau
VENUE: Madison Square Garden - 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
CAPACITY: 19,812
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#18
Alec Burks
SG30$9,536,0006' 6"214 lbsCOLORADO
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#4
Derrick Rose
PG32$13,445,1206' 2"200 lbsMEMPHIS
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#8
Dwayne Bacon
SG26$1,789,2566' 6"221 lbsFLORIDA STATE
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#94
Evan Fournier
SG28$18,139,5356' 7"205 lbsN/A
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#5
Immanuel Quickley
PG22$2,210,6406' 3"190 lbsKENTUCKY
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Jericho Sims
22N/A6' 10"245 lbsTEXAS
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#30
Julius Randle
PF26$19,800,0006' 8"250 lbsKENTUCKY
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#8
Kemba Walker
PG31$26,238,4226' 0"184 lbsUCONN
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#20
Kevin Knox
SF22$5,845,9786' 7"215 lbsKENTUCKY
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Miles McBride
21$925,2586' 2"200 lbsWEST VIRGINIA
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#23
Mitchell Robinson
C23$1,802,0577' 0"240 lbsWESTERN KENTUCKY
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#3
Nerlens Noel
C27$8,800,0006' 11"220 lbsKENTUCKY
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#1
Obi Toppin
PF23$5,105,1606' 9"220 lbsDAYTON
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Quentin Grimes
21$2,168,7606' 5"205 lbsKANSAS
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#9
RJ Barrett
SG21$8,623,9206' 6"214 lbsDUKE
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Rokas Jokubaitis
20N/A6' 4"194 lbsN/A
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#67
Taj Gibson
PF36$4,910,0006' 9"232 lbsUSC
TOTAL Knicks SALARY: $129,340,106
Knicks SALARY CAP: $112,414,000

Current Knicks Roster Status

After a historically disastrous 2019 offseason, things were looking up for the New York Knicks in 2020. After all, there's no way to go but up after that travesty.

New York's biggest acquisition of the offseason came in the form of rookie Obi Toppin, who the Knicks selected eighth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 forward was an excellent choice for New York, with Toppin providing franchise superstar potential. The Ossing, New York native had a decorated two-year career at Dayton, where he put up averages of 20.0 points on 63.3 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks, while also connecting on 1.0 triples per game.

The Knicks also scored big on Immanuel Quickley, selecting the 6-foot-3 guard as the 25th overall pick in the draft. Early in the 2020-21 season, the former Kentucky standout is already looking like a steal for New York.

The Knicks signed a trio of noteworthy free agents in Austin Rivers, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel. On the other hand, they also parted ways with a number of guys via free agency. This includes Maurice Harkless, Bobby Portis, Allonzo Trier, and Damyean Dotson.

New York also made a much-needed coaching change in the offseason. They brought in a high-profile name in Tom Thibodeau as the squad's new head coach. Coach Thibs, who most recently served as the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, takes the hot seat in New York. If there's anyone who can cope with this high-pressure job, it's Thibodeau.

New York enters the new campaign with a starting five of Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson. Barrett is the one to watch here, with the second-year shooting guard expected to have a breakout year.

The Knicks will rely on the likes of Burks, Rivers, Kevin Knox, Quickley, Noel, Toppin, and Frank Ntilikina to serve as the squad's second unit. For those wondering, it doesn't appear that the once highly-touted Dennis Smith Jr. will play a significant role in Thibodeau's rotation this season.

new york knicks Team Analysis

Who Did The Knicks Recently Sign?

The Knicks didn't exactly make a splash in free agency during the abbreviated 2020 offseason. With regards to their most recent signing, this came in the form of 6-foot-3 combo guard Austin Rivers, who himself put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth $10.0 million. It was a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets.

Rivers averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in Houston last season while connecting on 1.4 three-pointers per game. The 28-year-old could serve as the primary backup to RJ Barrett at the two spot.

Who Are The Knicks Targeting In Free Agency?

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league over the past few seasons, the Knicks still remain to be one of the top destinations for free agents. In this year's unprecedented offseason, New York brought on a number of names, but none of them have been of the franchise-altering variety.

Veterans Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel both signed one-year deals for $6 million and $5 million, respectively. A couple of days later, the Knicks lured Austin Rivers from the Houston Rockets, with the 6-foot-3 combo guard putting pen to paper on a three-year deal worth $10 million.

Aside from the aforementioned trio, the Knicks were also linked to other names in free agency, including Derrick Jones Jr., Bogdan Bogdanovic, Carmelo Anthony, and Danilo Gallinari.

Who Did The Knicks Most Recently Trade For?

On November 27, the Knicks pulled the trigger on a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets centered around Austin Rivers, who will now ply his trade in The Big Apple.

Along with Rivers, the Rockets gave New York the draft rights to Sergio Lull, Tadija Dragicevic, and Alex Hervelle. In exchange, the Knicks sent the draft rights to Issuf Sanon to Houston.

What Is The Best Knicks Roster Of All-Time?

The Knicks have won two championships and made eight Finals appearances, so it's only fitting their best roster was one of the pair of titles earned in the early 1970's.

Nov. 1971 saw All-Star guard Earl "The Pearl" Monroe traded to the Knicks, joining another star in Walt "Clyde" Frazier in New York's backcourt. The pair would help the Knicks win a championship the following season, in 1973, the franchise's second title.

The 1972-73 Knicks featured Frazier, Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, and former MVP and Finals MVP Willis Reed. Additionally, the team was galvanized by a bench unit featuring future multi-champion coach Phil Jackson, Jerry Lucas, and Dick Barnett, a former starter for the 1970 championship team. All players entered the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame except Barnett (college hoops HOF) and Jackson, in there as a coach.

What Is The Knicks' Salary Cap?

Heading into the 2020-21 season, the Knicks are below the NBA's luxury tax threshold ($132.6 million) with a payroll at $90,637,364. New York is also below the NBA's salary cap ($109.1 million in 2020) by $18.5 million, per Spotrac.

Top new york knicks Roster Questions

Who Did The Knicks Recently Sign?

The Knicks didn't exactly make a splash in free agency during the abbreviated 2020 offseason. With regards to their most recent signing, this came in the form of 6-foot-3 combo guard Austin Rivers, who himself put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth $10.0 million. It was a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets.

Rivers averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in Houston last season while connecting on 1.4 three-pointers per game. The 28-year-old could serve as the primary backup to RJ Barrett at the two spot.

Who Are The Knicks Targeting In Free Agency?

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league over the past few seasons, the Knicks still remain to be one of the top destinations for free agents. In this year's unprecedented offseason, New York brought on a number of names, but none of them have been of the franchise-altering variety.

Veterans Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel both signed one-year deals for $6 million and $5 million, respectively. A couple of days later, the Knicks lured Austin Rivers from the Houston Rockets, with the 6-foot-3 combo guard putting pen to paper on a three-year deal worth $10 million.

Aside from the aforementioned trio, the Knicks were also linked to other names in free agency, including Derrick Jones Jr., Bogdan Bogdanovic, Carmelo Anthony, and Danilo Gallinari.

Who Did The Knicks Most Recently Trade For?

On November 27, the Knicks pulled the trigger on a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets centered around Austin Rivers, who will now ply his trade in The Big Apple.

Along with Rivers, the Rockets gave New York the draft rights to Sergio Lull, Tadija Dragicevic, and Alex Hervelle. In exchange, the Knicks sent the draft rights to Issuf Sanon to Houston.

What Is The Best Knicks Roster Of All-Time?

The Knicks have won two championships and made eight Finals appearances, so it's only fitting their best roster was one of the pair of titles earned in the early 1970's.

Nov. 1971 saw All-Star guard Earl "The Pearl" Monroe traded to the Knicks, joining another star in Walt "Clyde" Frazier in New York's backcourt. The pair would help the Knicks win a championship the following season, in 1973, the franchise's second title.

The 1972-73 Knicks featured Frazier, Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, and former MVP and Finals MVP Willis Reed. Additionally, the team was galvanized by a bench unit featuring future multi-champion coach Phil Jackson, Jerry Lucas, and Dick Barnett, a former starter for the 1970 championship team. All players entered the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame except Barnett (college hoops HOF) and Jackson, in there as a coach.

What Is The Knicks' Salary Cap?

Heading into the 2020-21 season, the Knicks are below the NBA's luxury tax threshold ($132.6 million) with a payroll at $90,637,364. New York is also below the NBA's salary cap ($109.1 million in 2020) by $18.5 million, per Spotrac.