Knicks lose in the long run
So the Knicks are winning lately. It’s awesome, everyone is believing in the run, except for the fact that guys like Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson, and even Wayne Ellington as of late, are getting the most playing time on the team. That’s a problem when the young guys need minutes of their own to develop.
I get it, they want to win, but where the Knicks are at right now, is in the stages of: “do we tank?”, or “do we develop our young players”, or “do we play the veterans a lot of minutes and try to win as many games as possible?”.
In my opinion, Perry wanted to sell off veterans and play the young guys but also knew his job was at stake. With a slate of weaker teams coming up on the schedule, he realized, wow we actually have a shot at playoffs if this ten-game stretch goes our way.
As for Marcus Morris, they had to move him, he had a value that the others didn’t. If he’s wanted back as part of the New York Knicks, Morris can sign with the team again as a free agent over the summer.
Back to my point, I am all for winning as I should be, but, even more important, I’d much rather win or lose with the young core.
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Why not start Frank Ntilikina or Dennis Smith Jr. at the point, RJ Barrett at shooting guard, Kevin Knox at small forward, Julius Randle at power forward, and Mitchell Robinson at center? Instead of Peyton, RJ, Bullock, Randle, and Gibson.
It makes no sense to me, I don’t even know what to say because I have no idea what the front office is doing other than hoping to make a push for the No. 8 seed with the vets who for the most part won’t be a part of the team next year.
Let’s say the Knicks do make the playoffs. That means an impending date with the Bucks. I don’t see the Knicks coming within ten points of Milwaukee the whole series. It would be a short-lived appearance. The draft picks they would get after making the postseason won’t be very good and the Knicks wouldn’t be able to draft the dominating point guard they so badly need.
It may be worth it to win now. At the same time even if they made the playoffs the Knicks would have almost a completely different team the next season. Almost every vet is on an expiring contract. So, with that said, what do you think the Knicks plan is? Or do they have one at all?