As the NBA season remains suspended, new Team President Leon Rose will have lots of time to evaluate the current New York Knicks roster and decide who he wants to keep.
The New York Knicks currently have five players set to hit free agency, with four more who have minimal guarantees for next year. In short, the team could look very different in 2020-21. However, there are a few players who have helped the team out in the midst of this dismal season and they deserve at least another year in the orange and blue.
Reggie Bullock missed the first 33 games of 2019-20, after having spinal surgery this past summer. He is still not 100 percent as his game as a sharpshooter is off. So far Bullock has hit just 33 percent of his three-point shots, his worst mark since 2014. With a completely healthy offseason, it isn’t hard to imagine Bullock shooting closer to his career average of 38.5 percent on threes.
The 29-year old has also been a willing defender. He works hard work on both ends of the court, which any incoming coach would love. Solid 3-and-D role players are heavily coveted in today’s NBA. A healthy Reggie Bullock fits the description. With an annual salary of just over $4M, his inexpensive cost and floor-spacing ability should be enough for the New York Knicks front office to fully guarantee his contract for next year.
Added into the Marcus Morris trade as salary filler, Moe Harkless has been a steady addition to the New York Knicks. He’s an above-average defender and doesn’t need the ball in his hands in order to impact a game. The Queens native would likely want to continue playing for his hometown team. As a matter of fact, Harkless refused a buyout and instead chose to finish out the season with the Knicks.
At just 26-years-old, the former St. John’s star has already been a starter on four separate playoff teams (he was also on the Clippers this year before the trade). His shooting can fluctuate and his offensive repertoire is limited, but Harkless has proven his worth as a defensive specialist. The Knicks should re-sign him to a one-year “prove it” type deal this summer.
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The 2017 second-round pick has been a solid contributor throughout his Knicks career, averaging 7.8 points per game while shooting 36% from three. Despite improving his percentages after a slow start to this season, Damyean Dotson has been in and out of head coach Mike Miller’s rotation. An extremely puzzling development considering the 26-year-old had been hitting on 45 percent of his treys since the calendar turned over to 2020.
His shooting and defensive effort are extremely underrated, and other teams are starting to take notice. While Dotson won’t be a star anytime soon, he plays a winning style of basketball that every team needs. The Knicks should keep him in the blue and orange for the foreseeable future.
Do you think the New York Knicks should bring Reggie Bullock, Moe Harkless, and Damyean Dotson back for 2020-21? Let us know in the comments section below or on social media.