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The 2019-20 Projected Starting Lineup For The New York Knicks

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Just when everybody thought the New York Knicks were finally going to come out on top this summer, they followed through with one of the most questionable offseasons we’ve seen in years, striking out on the 1st overall pick, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and every other big-name free agent on the market.

The Knicks signed several players to fill the same spots and put together a somewhat awkward-fitting squad. Needless to say, expectations are not high for coach Fitzdale’s team entering this season, at least for the time being.

Still, this team has some young pieces that might turn to become superstars in the league, so that alone makes things worth watching.

But how will this team line up to start the season? Let’s break it down:

Bench: Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington, Allonzo Trier, Kevin Knox, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis

Point Guard: Dennis Smith Jr.

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(via Empire Sports Media)

It’s now or never for Dennis Smith Jr. He got a pass during his rookie year and did not play a full season for the Knicks last go-round, so now will be his time to prove the doubters wrong and take a step forward.

Smith will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders with Ntilikina and Payton breathing down his neck, but the job is his to lose for now. He’s an athletic stud and a strong, fast driver who can create havoc in the paint. He just needs to do a better job creating for others.

Shooting Guard: RJ Barrett

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(via Empire Sports Mediα)

There are a lot of questions about RJ Barrett’s ability to become a superstar in the league. He’s got the upside, the talent, and the physique, but needs to do a better job at recognizing and reading the flow of the game.

Barrett can become one of the league’s most dominant scorers in no time and has the physical tools to become a solid defender as well. He’ll struggle with consistency, for sure, but that’s only part of the journey.

Small Forward: Marcus Morris

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The New York Knicks will trust Marcus Morris to handle the wing-stopper duties. He’s a physical, strong presence that can hold his own against some of the league’s finest but won’t give you much on the offensive end.

He’s not that efficient from beyond the arc but he knows how to get to his sweet spots when needed. Still, there is a huge chance Kevin Knox ends up starting for the Knicks after the All-Star Break.

Power Forward: Julius Randle

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(via Empire Sports Media)

Julius Randle signed a very lucrative deal this offseason, so people started questioning whether the Knicks had overpaid for him. Truth to be told, he’s earned every last dime of the deal after his breakout year with the Pelicans.

Randle is a hustler. He won’t give up on any possession regardless of the scoreboard. He lacks the range of modern power forwards but is a smart player that rarely makes mistakes with the rock on his hands. He is likely in for another great year and will play with a chip on his shoulder all season long.

Center: Mitchell Robinson

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(via New York Post)

Mitchell Robinson was arguably the biggest steal of last year’s Draft. He barely made it to the league but quickly earned his minutes by showing his upside as one of the league’s top-tier rim protectors.

Robinson is still a work in progress but he showed some signs of improvement on the offensive end. He’s a rim-runner, an efficient finisher, and once he adds some muscle, he’ll be a dominant two-way big man for sure.


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