The New York Knicks are back on the come-up once again. For the last decade, the Knicks have struggled to find any tangible success. After Carmelo Anthony left the franchise in 2017, the Knicks really began a downward spiral that lasted three years. During that time, the franchise made very bad decisions with regard to players, coaches, and front office staff members.
But over the last year, the Knicks have begun to improve. They brought in Tom Thibodeau to be the new head coach of the franchise. He was able to bring out the best in Julius Randle, who became an All-Star last season.
On top of that, the combination of veterans and young stars ended up being very fruitful, as the Knicks ended up securing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, and making the NBA Playoffs for the first time in years.
Because of their success last season, they were not a lottery team during this offseason. But given their recent draft history, it might be best if they don't make any first-round picks in the near future.
After the Knicks gave up the chance to re-sign Frank Ntilikina beyond his rookie contract, they made him the 18th first-round pick that they have not re-signed since 1994. The Knicks have been very poor when it comes to drafting players, and this stat reveals just how bad they've been.
Below are all the first-round picks the Knicks have made over the last 25 years. None of these players was signed to an extension beyond their rookie deals. The only exception to this pattern was David Lee, as the Knicks re-signed him to an extension, before trading him away to the Golden State Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade.
2017: Frank Ntilikina
2015: Kristaps Porzingis
2013: Tim Hardaway Jr.
2011: Iman Shumpert
2009: Jordan Hill, Toney Douglas
2008: Danilo Gallinari
2007: Wilson Chandler
2006: Renaldo Balkman, Mardy Collins
2005: Channing Frye, Nate Robinson
2003: Michael Sweetney
1999: Frederic Weis
1997: John Thomas
1996: John Wallace, Walter McCarty, Dontae James
The next players who will be in line for extensions over the next few years will be Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and Obi Toppin. If the Knicks continue to perform better, then these players will have to step up their game.
And in that case, they will stand a better chance to get a contract extension from the Knicks. But this list just shows how poorly the Knicks were running things over the last few years.