New York Knicks: Predicting their 2019-2020 regular-season record

David Fizdale, New York Knicks. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
David Fizdale, New York Knicks. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Although the New York Knicks have struck out on free agency gold, they are still in a much better position than they were last season. Here is a realistic regular-season record prediction for 2019-20.

First, let me begin by stating that the New York Knicks offseason has been anything but underwhelming. Most of their acquisitions this summer involve surprising names such as Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Marcus Morris, and even Taj Gibson.

While these players may not seem like they have been found in a free agency gold mine, they embody the spirit of New York basketball. Each of them plays with grit and aggressiveness; two qualities that are highly coveted on any team.

Furthermore, one position that should be discussed this upcoming season is the point guard.

Elfrid Payton should become the Knicks’ (next) starting point guard. Due to his previous experience playing with Julius Randle and his all-around game, Payton would fit perfectly in the starting lineup next season. According to Payton’s former teammate Aaron Gordon, he firmly believes that the point guard is  “… tough as nails, so, he’s not gonna get rattled easily.”

Which is exactly the same quality these newcomers possess, thus making the Knicks a more difficult team to defeat next season.

Of course, the New York Knicks will not become a powerhouse in the NBA next season. But their offseason moves give them more flexibility within the next two years to either take another shot in free agency, re-sign them, or utilize them as bargaining chips for trades.

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Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans. New York Knicks (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Predicting their regular-season record

Let’s get this straight; the Knicks won’t repeat their NBA-worst 17-65 record this upcoming season.

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There is no way a team that retooled their roster with several tough and talented individuals who relish the opportunity to play in New York will settle for an abysmal regular-season.

Now, in comparison to how other teams in the Eastern Conference performed this offseason, it is fair to say that the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards have digressed roster-wise.

While the Knicks’ roster may arguably look better on paper than the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, and the Atlanta Hawks, these teams have more experience playing together and several young stars to stand their ground next season.

Their offseason acquisitions, in addition, to third overall draft pick R.J. Barrett. automatically place the Knicks in a comfortable position to finish at least eleventh in the Eastern Conference next season. The roster looks decent on paper with many players who are tough, fairly durable, and possess the talent to take this young team to the next level.

2019-2020 regular-season record prediction: 34-48

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In conclusion, the New York Knicks will be a much more exciting and improved team to watch while likely doubling their win total next season.