The Wrong Choice
Let’s not forget R.J. Barrett and how this impacts his development as well. He should be working on developing a two-man game with Robinson, and developing chemistry with the young players around him. Instead, he spent the year fighting for shots with noted black holes Marcus Morris and Julius Randle dominating possessions.
Behind door number one is an overmatched but athletic team with Knox, Robinson, Smith Jr., Barrett, and Ntilikina on the floor. Robinson and Frank anchoring the defense while Knox tries to translate his athleticism into results on that end of the floor with additional minutes. Offensively Ntilikina and Knox take what they’re given while the system runs through Barrett and Robinson.
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Instead, as always, the Knicks went with door number two. Payton’s ceiling is a C- rotation player, Bullock is a tenth man, at best, and Gibson is a rich man’s Kendrick Perkins. Julius Randle is a classic good stats on a bad team type of player, and Bobby Portis maxes out as a lesser version of the overrated Morris. The Knicks were going to be bad no matter what with this roster, but couldn’t they at least let the kids play and try to drum up some hope for the future?
Then again maybe the answer is right in front of us. The team KNOWS it has no clue about developing talent and wants no part of these types of players. Last offseason, they signed all these asinine deals to fight for the eighth seed. That way the Knicks can avoid the lottery and yet another player who they will have no clue what to do with.
That’s the state of the 2020 New York Knicks: Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, and Bobby Portis are the future, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, and DSJ are the past. Mediocrity reigns forever at MSG.