Knicks Season 2 review: Young Core

In this second installment of a series in the Knicks’ 2021-22 season, Bootum examines the essence of the young Knicks. Check out the first part here.

what RJ Barrett can continue to confuse me, as to what he really is and what he’s going to be, considering he doesn’t have one thing he’s consistently good at besides getting to the edge – where it doesn’t end, but he clearly doesn’t have a bust at this point. In the spirit of frequent discussions, I will say that his treatment with Julius Randle reminds me a bit of Christaps Porzies and Carmelo Anthony, in how a rookie golden child can do no wrong because a veteran, former superstar can do nothing right, despite having similar strengths and weaknesses.

The way fans disappointed in Porziņģis as much or even more of a selfish shaker singer than Milo reminds me of what we might get if Randle were left out and given RJ the keys. Randle and RJ were essentially tied for the worst TS% players for a 17+ FGA/G this season at 51%, while RJ offered less in the passing department with only 3 passes for a 2.2 turnover. It’s kind of a miracle that Knicks’ attack was as good as it was.

The difference between them and the best in Dejounte Murray (also a double triple machine and a great defender) of 53% has to do with the difference between him and the next five players. But Barrett earned as much as 20 game points to finish the season at just 21, and there’s almost certainly a good player out there, whether or not you fall into the “future franchise star” “third/fourth option” in discussions that likely To be more toxic than any right to them.

The exciting thing is that he is not alone in the youthful heart anymore and there is only less pressure on him.

Mitchell Robinson, for now at least, has cemented himself as a really good starting position despite having another shaky start to the season and still doesn’t have much promise. If anyone on the team remembers he’s a great threat or if he’s already added something viable to his offensive game, chances are the sky’s still the limit for him. Hopefully this is still in New York and not in Charlotte.

Another topic that unfortunately remains a subject of great debate: Emmanuel Quikley point guard? I set out to answer him before the season and thought I did a pretty good shape, but most importantly he’s a good player. Unfortunately, Tepes’ lack of realization led to this remaining argument looming large, although it should now be over. There isn’t much to say about Quickley at this point.

Even in a year of relegation, he rediscovered his ability to hover for free points, improve his defense, and raise his assists per game to 3.5 in just 23 minutes while keeping his turnover at just 1.3 per game, giving him his 14th best assist- League turnover percentage for those who have played more than 70 games. Not bad for “no guard.” For the second year in a row, he was once again at the top of every ridiculously productive lineup—even without Derek Rose, driving a +7.9 plus-minus per 100 rotating team player ownership. The point guard, the combo guard, or the quarterback, is the winning player. Still the same First Knicks refuse to start, but the same First Knicks won’t have a good little goalkeeper who can shoot at the start.

The same traits apply to Obi Toppin, in a way the Knicks’ most efficient scorer despite being over 0.5 volleyball has always been a good bet. His 19 points per 36 was third after Randle and RJ with a real shot percentage higher than him at 61. I’m still amazed at how well he picked the old draft. Tebes seems to be, although he confirmed his choice.

But it’s time to move on from skepticism. As long as he can maintain his high recording rate in long minutes. There’s very little evidence for that – he averaged 24.7 in his seven games of over 30 minutes, winning those minutes by 54 points. There was the same first Knicks in their refusal to try to play him too often or in small ball in particular, but nothing unusual in that he seemed to actually move Knic unlike the other 8 or 9 lottery picks in Frank Ntelikina and Kevin Knox (God bless Including). The amazing thing about how Quickley and Toppin play so beautifully with each other is that other than being Bizarro Barrett/Randle, we never have to hear thought articles about how to move one up because of their lack of chemistry like Jayson Tatum/Jaylen Brown or Ben Simmons/Joel Embiid. .

I’m not sure if there’s enough excitement surrounding Quentin Grimes, probably in part because he wasn’t there at the start or end of the season due to inflammation in Thibs and knee, respectively. The fact that at the age of 21 he was not only a good beginner but a really good 3D player – a label that is used more often than actually applies – is amazing. Even if he doesn’t improve from this point forward, the Knicks have themselves as a solid player. Only 23 players have played 40 games, played several minutes and scored three times more per minute this season than Grimes. Only three had more robberies per minute.

While there is more to defending against robberies (one has more robberies and the trio is Donvoan Mitchell), you won’t find any stats or eye-testing to tell you that Grimes isn’t a good defender. Here you are! As a novice player, he is already one of the best real league and 3D players in the game! If it becomes more than that of his infiltration Advanced pieces in the toy industry And natural development, considering it merely It turned on May 22 May 8 and that’s just a bonus!

I still forget it Cam Reddish is there, but in fairness, so does the coach. I’m not a huge fan of him, but there’s a reason why he still required his first-round pick and Great Kevin Knox to land him, and I think that was his true commercial value rather than Same Ol’ KNicks. Just three years before the lottery pick, it’s still undoubtedly full of potential. The fact that a man like that (at least in my view) is still a member of the lower tier of the core rather than the axis of the core itself demonstrates just how powerful and deep this young group is. The flashes are there – if we get more of a player who scored 17 in just seven shots in a big win over the Clippers in their penultimate game of the season, we’ll have fun.

It’s normal that Rokas Jokubaitis brings up thoughts about Ognjen Jaramaz (if you’re interested in that in the Knicks so you know who both are), but it’s a lazy comparison. Unfortunately, I’m about to get lazier. Rocas has averaged 7.2 points and 2.8 assists in 54% of the field and 51% of depth in the Europa League and international play this season at just 17.2 minutes per game. You know who averaged 14.2 points and 4.5 assists in a 45/31 cut in more minutes (25)? Luka Dončić, in his final season before enlisting.

Would I say that Rocca coming off the bench and putting in good numbers means he will be as good as Luca, who won the Euroleague Player of the Year award a few years younger than him? Think. But the actual point is that at the age of 21, Jokubaitis plays very effective and good basketball in the second best league in the world, with Donči himself saying that it is difficult to score from the NBA.

I won’t claim to be an expert on what it means to win the Spanish Cup this year, but I know it’s not bad that any cursory look at what he’s done abroad this year has shown that he is steadily improving and gaining confidence in a good team in a really good league at such a young age. It’s easy to forget about it, but writing it off as a draft and hoarding would be a mistake. He’s not Luka Dončić, but he’s not Luca Vildoza either. He has a real chance to be an essential and good contributor to this young Knicks team.

Jericho Sims is someone I’m not sure of as a long-running original, and I think seeing him as a player making Mitchell Robinson expendable is a mistake. At the same time, I have to admit that it was a nice change of pace to watch a pulsating center also Able to jump with a hook or cross kick pass by 2 feet. The biggest tip for me is that the front office was able to nab a real serviceable player (his Pitch rating +7.9 has been tied to Quickley as the top team) with pick number 58. It’s a great sign for the future.

The front office was playing so well in the margins that they made the mistake of not trusting themselves any more. If you can basically make every choice come true, I’m not sure what you’re doing on day 19 for no reason. Likewise, I’m not sure why the likes of Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel on cheap deals two years ago thought they were required to overpay for them one year later, instead of trying to replicate that success.

Finally, there’s Miles “Deuce” McBride. I have a lot to say about Deuce…so much, in fact, that Joe cut my Deuce thoughts out of this article and will post it tomorrow as part of his Singles Player “Year in Review” series. Let’s just say now that I think he’s good, and he should have played more this season.

I’m not much interested in comparing this young group to the rest of the league, but they certainly exist, and for the first time in a while – or at all – not just from excessive fan hype. As much as I defended Frank Ntilikina in my day, I knew him and Alonzo Trier leading a young core was never a good sign. Ntilikina again is an example of the similarities and differences with this system. This system probably doesn’t push a tank in 2017 for a better pick than the 8th system used to get it. But given that they have the guy partially responsible for the selection at Walt Perrin, they might end up with Donovan Mitchell anyway.

Having a deep, young group is probably the best path to sustainable victory in the league, especially while they are on contracts on a junior scale. These aren’t the Steve-Clay-Dry Warriors’ dynasty, but they might be a version of the current Grizzlies, or the 2018-19 networks that drew stars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and that worked beautifully for them. You don’t need a team full of local stars; You just need a combination that is fun enough to attract other good players or is good enough on its own.

Despite the hysteria, this group is not far off. A healthy Derek Rose could have made this year’s team play or playoff, for better or worse. Further development, he’s added another young player or two this season that we can trust seemingly to be a good pick despite having a late lottery pick, and things should turn (again) quickly, but hopefully, probably, on the ground this the time.

This front desk may not be perfect. The fact that Randall, Birx, Rose, Noel, Tag Gibson, Evan Fournier, and Kimba Walker will all come together to earn $90 million next season is nothing short of insane. Randall and Tibodo, in particular, are as comical as they are incredibly bearable. But if they all come back, the youngsters who make up the remaining $40-50 million in Robinson, Barrett, Toppin, Quickley, Grimes, McBride, Jokubaitis, Sims and anyone added to the mix could be a stroke of genius.