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New York Knicks: Key Things to Look For This Season

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In a season where the New York Knicks are not seen as championship contenders going in, there are still 82 games to play and a future to build with each and every game. The Chinese Proverb Lao Tzu once stated: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, and in the Knicks’ case, every player needs to take that one positive step every season in order to become contenders. Here are some of the steps Knicks fans should and shouldn’t look for from some of the key players on the roster.

Kristaps Porzingis

Looking For: After missing majority of the season with a torn ACL, it is no secret that the Knicks big man and cornerstone needs to get back on the court and prove he can come back stronger and better than before. “The Unicorn” has shown flashes in the past of being a perennial superstar, but his health has always hindered his full potential.

Not Looking For: With any injury, the long, rough road back certainly is tough to follow and for Porzingis and the Knicks fanbase, they are hoping to see him have an efficient and successful recovery. Knick fans should not want to see Porzingis miss the entire 2018-19 season due to any setbacks. Ideally, the Knicks would love to have Porzingis come back in the midst of a playoff race, but any setback will surely make that difficult.

Kevin Knox

Looking For: It would be an understatement to say that Kevin Knox impressed everyone in the NBA Summer League. Single handedly dominating anyone in his way, Knox will look to prove his talents under the lights of Madison Square Garden night in and night out. With little expectations going into the season, Knox will have all the more room to grow and learn with less on his shoulders.

Not Looking For: The worst sign the Knicks could see out of Knox could be two things; health and ability to play in New York. Given his slender six foot nine inch, 215 pound frame, we have seen players of this body type have many joint and nagging injuries in the past that have hindered their careers. Along with this, playing in New York has given some players trouble in the past, and it would be terrible to see Knox cower under the lights. This can be either on or off the court, but if the intense media coverage and criticism gets to Knox’s head, it could serve to be an issue.

Frank Ntilikina

Looking For: In a league in which offense is at the forefront of every game, the Knicks need their young point guard to really improve his all around offensive game. Ending the season shooting only 36% from the field and 31.8% from three with just under six points per game, Ntilikina and the Knicks would love to see his points per game rise to double digits at the very least.

Not Looking For: If Ntilikina were to get off to a rough start, the Knicks may feel the need to give up on the raw prospect and get whatever they can salvage for him. His name has come up in trade talks in the past, but not in a desperation sense like this situation would pose.

Enes Kanter

Looking For: Kanter and the Knicks will look to back up his impressive season with yet another impressive season in 2018-19. Averaging a double-double on nearly 60% shooting was very impressive by Kanter, and the 26 year old big man will look to continue his growth as a possible top center in the Eastern Conference.

Not Looking For: Kanter was acquired by the Knicks in the deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer. Kanter was most likely included in this deal in order to match the contract of Anthony. The worst situation the Knicks could find themselves in would be for Kanter to get fed up with the young and still learning roster that the Knicks possess.

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