This summer will ascertain whether this ranking is way too high or laughably low. For now, that means it should be just perfect.
The’Bockers are a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline deal erased all long-term obligations. Their highest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too large for the Knicks right now. Since Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke , it is not impossible to find a situation in which Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden home next season.
Is it likely? Not in the least. However, if the Knicks have their built-in marketplace advantages, plus plenty of cap room and a decent shot at securing the No. 1 pick, that is an army of resources most clubs will struggle to match.
There’s also an flooring.
Cap space might not imply Irving and/or Durant. Maybe it’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Maybe it’s no one. Given the revamped lottery chances, the Knicks might end up drafting fourth or fifth. So, rather than Zion Williamson (along with a potential route to Davis), possibly the draft haul is only Cam Reddish or even Jarrett Culver.
New York has some youth set up, although its potential remains in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears ahead of schedule and Allonzo Trier was a tremendous surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Additionally, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, and Ntilikina’s outlook is cloudy at best.
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