The Knicks have been one of the laughing stocks of the league for years now, and we can expect another struggle of a season in 2015-16. Will they be pushovers and a team to target against with your NBA picks?
New York Knicks: 2014-15 Recap
Look, however you look at it, last season was another total disaster for the Knicks. Derek Fisher came on as the head coach before the season started and his team, with a depleted and simply bad roster, performed even worse than expected.
New York ended up with a 17-65 regular season record, the worst mark in the Eastern Conference and second-worst record in the entire NBA. Carmelo Anthony was shut down after playing only 40 games and the next two leading scorers were Andrea Bargnani and Alexey Shved. That really tells you all you need to know.
2015-16 Odds Overview
As you might have expected, the Knicks aren't being given much of a chance to challenge for the title this season. They're eighth from bottom on the futures list, though, so it's not like NBA oddsmakers are thinking they're going to be one of the league's worst again in 2015-16.
As for the NBA odds themselves, we see New York listed in a wide range that starts at +12500 and goes all the way up to +25000, all depending on the sportsbook. That puts the Knicks ahead of the likes of Brooklyn, Sacramento and Denver among others, but it's not like Fisher's squad is worth a sniff whatsoever with your futures sports picks.
New York Knicks: 2015-16 Look Ahead
Will we see improvement this season?
Well, it's not all that difficult to win more than 17 games, so the bar has been set pretty low for the Knicks. We do expect Melo to play more this season, and the team chemistry should be improved now that Fisher has had more time to adjust to life as a coach. It's going to take time for the team to find their groove in the new system; there's no way around that.
So yes, we do think we'll see New York playing a little better in 2015-16, but that doesn't mean we should go anywhere near them with our futures picks. As for regular season action goes, we're probably better off waiting and seeing how the Knicks look early on in the season before deciding where to fade or not.
Let's talk about the additions to the squad. In free agency, we saw guard Arron Afflalo link up with New York, while Robin Lopez was also signed to shore up the frontcourt. In the draft, the Knicks surprised a few people by taking Kristaps Porzingis, a 7+ footer who's a deadly shooter but someone who is more of a project than an immediate star. It was a risk taken by Jackson, and only time will tell if it pays.
As for departures, there were quite a few. Bargnani, Shved, Cole Aldrich, Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy and Ricky Ledo all have moved on; it's safe to say New York won't really miss any of those guys.
It's a new-look rotation for Fisher, with Melo's health obviously the most important factor for the season. Still, it's hard to have much faith in a team that's still very clearly building for the future.
In short? Most likely. It's pretty darn difficult to picture anything other than another losing season for the Knicks, who haven't done all that much to immediately improve their rotation.
Sure, the additions of veterans like Afflalo and Lopez don't hurt, but this is still a weak overall rotation, one that Jackson will be hoping to continually improve. And, it's tough to imagine Porzingis stepping in and immediately contributing as a rookie, as he's still got a lot of developing to do.
With your NBA picks, let's stay away from New York until we see if they're truly going to be pushovers once again.