The New York Knicks were one of the busiest teams of the NBA’s offseason, though they didn’t end up making the big splash everyone expected of them.
The Knicks missed out on Donovan Mitchell as he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but New York is keeping its budding young core intact, something it would have been forced to part with in a deal with Mitchell.
The Knicks also offloaded some failed contracts from the 2021-22 season, trading Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel in the offseason to free up cap space to bring in point guard Jalen Brunson.
Brunson, who burst into the playoffs last season, has already shown in the preseason that he is the best point guard New York has had in some time.
However, is the addition of Brunson and more confidence in the young core enough to bring the Knicks back to the playoffs? New York took a big step back last season, but head coach Tom Thibodeau won’t be able to turn to his same veterans over and over again with the Knicks’ new roster.
Does Brunson bring out the best in Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and company? Here’s how bettors view the Knicks this season:
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Make no mistake, the Eastern Conference is loaded into the 2022-23 season, so asking New York to move from 11th to a guaranteed playoff team would be a huge ask.
That being said, the Knicks should be much better with Brunson running the show and quietly one of the deepest benches in the NBA.
Obi Toppin looked dominant at the start of preseason, and he can honestly push Julius Randle for minutes this season if the veteran struggles with his shot again.
The upside for the Knicks is that Brunson takes the ball out of Randle’s hands more often than not, which means the power forward doesn’t have to create as much for this team. That’s a good thing, because the Knicks can focus on Randle’s touches where he can score and hopefully play more effectively.
Derrick Rose is back on the bench, having missed most of last season with an ankle injury. Since returning for his second stint with the Knicks, Rose has been a bench catalyst, and New York is 35-26.
Between Barrett, Toppin, Mitchell Robinson, Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish and Quentin Grimes, the Knicks have plenty of young players they rely on, but many who deserved more playing time last season but were blocked by Walker, Burks and others.
The Knicks need to be better on offense (23rd in offensive rating last season) if they want to compete with the Eastern class. Brunson should help, and I think this team finishes at least in the top 10 in the East, and probably in the play-in conversation.
Right now you can bet them at +125 to finish the regular season in the East play-in tournament.
Game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change.
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