New York

Knicks

Survey data collected from team site writers and editors.

3.6

Out of 10

I trust in management and the coaching staff

5.3

Out of 10

I enjoy rooting for these players and this franchise

7.2

Out of 10

I am optimistic about the direction of the team

A Q&A with the staff of SB Nation’s Knicks site Posting and Toasting.

What needs to happen for this to be an enjoyable season for Knicks fans?

The Knicks need Kristaps Porzingis to play like an All-Star, Frank Ntilikina to show he's a future playmaker, and at least one of the Tim Hardaway Jr./Damyean Dotston/Willy Hernangomez trio to reach new heights. Wins are (mostly) irrelevant.

New York Knicks
Position Starters Bench
Guards Frank Ntilikina Ron Baker Ramon Sessions Jarrett Jack Damyean Dotson
Wings Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee Doug McDermott Lance Thomas Michael Beasley Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Bigs Kristaps Porzingis Enes Kanter Willy Hernangomez Kyle O’Quinn Joakim Noah

What makes Knicks fans most excited about this year? What makes Knicks fans most nervous?

The most exciting prospect is the return of a true defensive dog at the point guard position in Ntilikina. If the preseason is any indication of how the youth movement — and specifically Ntilikina — will influence the Knicks’ defensive play, then we’ll be thrilled to watch these guys develop and play.

The most nerve-racking prospect is watching Porzingis hobble through another injury-plagued second half of the season.

What storyline might a national audience be missing about the Knicks?

The potential home run job the Knicks did in this years draft. Without scoring a ton of points per game, Ntilikina may play in relative obscurity, but between he and Dotson, the Knicks may have drafted two great two-way players who have long NBA careers.

Why should neutrals pay attention to the Knicks this year?

Kristaps.

What's your prediction for the season?

33-49, No. 12 in the East. By season's end, most Knick fans will be enamored enough with Ntilikina to get over passing on Dennis Smith Jr.