New York Knicks: Three young players on the bubble of sticking with the team

Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox II, New York Knicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks are pushing forward, a new management team is coming in and with it, renewed optimism, There are a few young Knicks players who need to prove they are worth keeping.

The New York Knicks have been playing decent ball as of late, they’re not a contender by any means and if you ask Spencer Dinwiddie the tam will be horrible forever.

Yet under the direction of Mike Miller, the Knicks have looked at least competent and palatable to watch. Now the important information is what the Knicks will do after switching front office personnel. They must ask themselves who do the Knicks want to keep for their future?

Too often the New York Knicks run through young players without giving them a fair shake to develop and learn. But there are a few players on the roster who have been the league long enough to get an indication of what the team will and won’t get from them. They are on the bubble of staying with New York or moving on to somewhere else. Today we look at Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., and Frank Ntilikina

Kevin Knox

The first player is Kevin Knox. He was received as a highly athletic, future slasher-style player in the NBA. However, his three-point shooting has yet to find any consistency to aid in his rim attacking abilities. Meaning defenders can lay off a bit and protect the lane because he won’t hurt them from the outside. Also, in important moments Knox’s basketball IQ still lacks.

On the positive side, he’s developed his physical stature to hold up to the rigors of the NBA schedule. Knox has shown flashes of the ability to get to the rim at will when he decides to go. The forward needs a strong finish at the end of this season to show the new front office that he deserves to stick around for a Knicks turnaround.