Additions:

  • Draft: (no selections)
  • Trade: 6/22/16 – Robin Lopez, José Calderon, & Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, & 2017 2nd round-pick.
  • Free agency – Joakim Noah (4-year, $72M), Courtney Lee (4-year, $50M), Brandon Jennings (1-year, $5M), Marshall Plumlee (3-year, $2.5M), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (2-year, $6M), Maurice Ndour (2-year, $1.5M), Ron Baker, J.P. Tokoto, Chasson Randle

The NBA season begins next Monday, October 24th, as the new look New York Knickerbockers visit Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as LeBron and company raise the city’s first banner since 1964. It is a year that brings hopes of playoff victories with it that Knick fans have not had for several years. Personally, I have not been this excited for a new season since Melo’s first full season in blue and orange in 2011-12, although that was shortsighted due to the team ridiculously overpaying for a player in February who said he intended to sign with them that summer. But, that’s a story for another day, so I digress.

The retooled New York Knicks, who boast a roster with names like 2011 league MVP Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and new fan favorite Brandon Jennings, to go along with Carmelo Anthony and 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis, coming off a stellar rookie campaign, seemed poised to make a run into the postseason in a top heavy Eastern Conference. With the signings of Courtney Lee, Marshall Plumlee, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas to round out the roster, the Knicks winning 50 games, a feat reached once since 1999-00, may not be a complete impossibility. The Atlantic division can very likely be a dogfight to the finish between the Knicks, Celtics, and Raptors.

The June trade for point guard Derrick Rose from Chicago was, in my opinion, the highlight of the Knicks summer. Even though the 28-year-old may have the knees of an 78-year-old and has only played 40 or more games in a season twice since his MVP year in 2010-11, Rose. I’ll take 66 games of 16.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds of Rose over what the Knicks of the past few years would’ve have had running the point any day of the week. Now that Rose is able to put his civil rape trial behind him and focus solely on basketball, the Knicks are poised to play serious springtime basketball in 2017.

As a Knicks fan, I expect big things this year from the entire team, but especially Kristaps Porzingis. As a rookie last year, KP6 averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and 1.3 assists per game, quickly turning draft day boos into cheers from the stands in the Garden. The Latvian sensation has shown that he is a star in the making and the Zen Master did his part (finally) by surrounding him and Anthony with actual NBA caliber talent. The Knicks might even have what it takes to reach the Eastern Conference Semifinals for only the second time since the 1999-00 season.

Photos courtesy of: http://s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibtimes.com/files/styles/embed/public/2016/07/12/gettyimages-545530230.jpg, https://twitter.com/nyknicks/status/746019030109126656

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