This off-season has been buzzing with players saying that they want to play for the New York Knicks and as a Knicks fan, this is exciting. Usually players avoid our teams but that seems to not be the case anymore. New York has slowly been changing their image and are drawing interest from lots of players. In a few years, the Knicks can become a dominant force in the East and Knicks fans can rejoice.
Two players that may end up in New York soon are Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. Both players have said in the past that they would like to play in New York. Yes, there are two New York teams but both players have specifically been speculated with the Knicks and not the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks are the real New York team and the Nets are the secondary team. That won’t change just because everybody still considers the Los Angeles Lakers the official L.A. team and the Los Angeles Clippers the secondary team. Winning a city over when they already have a team seems like an impossible task.
Both the Knicks and the Nets will have enough cap space to sign two superstars next season and these may be the ones that will play in New York. Getting one of them will make both teams into playoff teams but convincing them to play for them may be hard. Both teams will need great role players to ensure future success along them.
Having a superstar like Kristaps Porzingis on the team will make that easier for the Knicks. He has become a star in the NBA and is still getting better. If he gets help, he has a chance to take his game further because he will see less coverage. Teams will not solely focus on him as they have done in the past.
Players in the NBA will want to play alongside Porzingis because he is unique. He is a 7’3” big man that can shoot and defend well. There are few players like him and he is still young and developing his game. The Knicks have done a great job in building a great roster with the limited options they had. They have made a few poor signings but those will come off the books soon.
Every team that wants to be good knows that they can’t trade their draft picks and the Knicks have kept their picks recently. In a few years, it will pay off. Building teams through the draft will help them improve and make free agents want to play for them.