The NBA season will be underway in less than a month with the start of Training Camp starting at the end of September. The New York Knicks roster will have a different feel to it for 2016 and will look embrace their veterans for leadership. There are many questions that will surround the Knicks all season but with the start of camp, let’s dive into what the Knicks must make clear before their season opener.
Which Derrick Rose Will We Get?
Does it really matter which one suits up for the Knicks? Either Rose will be better than any PG the Knicks have had during the Carmelo Anthony era. Rose, last season averaged 16 points and five assists in 32 minutes. He managed to play 66 games which will be a good sign for the Knicks as he has avoided any real setbacks from many surgeries. If Rose can provide identical numbers this season the Knicks will make a run for the No.2 or No.3 seed in the East.
Should the Knicks move on from the Triangle?
I can understand Phil Jackson’s approach when it comes to the Triangle offense. It did help him win 11 NBA titles but he and other teams have tried it over the last few years with little to no success. New HC, Jeff Hornacek should fully implement his uptempo offense he ran with the Phoenix Suns. The Knicks have the personnel to play it with Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Rose. The offense will provide better spacing and room for Rose to penetrate and get to the rim. Anthony has improved on his three-point shooting and K.P. has range from the perimeter as well.
Will they get production from the bench?
The Knicks bench may be the biggest hurdle this season but this is why they have Training Camp and preseason games to work out the kinks. The bench will be led by Brandon Jennings and Lance Thomas. Jennings is a former starter and Thomas has filled in nicely during spot duty last season. If the Knicks can get production from the likes of Kyle O’Quinn, Marshall Plumlee and Guillermo Hernangomez they will have the necessary assets to make a run.