Jake Brown

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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) celebrates after hitting a three pointer in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) celebrates after hitting a three pointer in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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Two straight nights the Knicks had a chance to at least send the game to overtime and they fell short. Last night, they let Caris LeVert drive to the hoop and score the game-winning bucket with a second left. Tonight, Trey Burke had the chance to tie the game as he was fouled in the act of shooting a 35-foot three-pointer and he choked on the first free throw.

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The Knicks' weak spot going into the 2018-19 season is clearly at power forward. With Kristaps Porzingis expected to miss at least half of the season with no timetable exactly set for his return, that leaves this team with a void. Signing Noah Vonleh makes perfect sense considering their lack of depth at the 4.

Either Mario Hezonja or Lance Thomas are expected to be the starting power forward on Day 1, which is not ideal. Both are 6-foot8 and will give the Knicks fits against bigger teams -- and most teams. Both are more small forwards than they are power forwards. Until Porzingis returns, expect Vonleh to have a pretty big role on this team. There's a good chance he plays around 20 minutes a night with a chance to earn a starting spot with a strong preseason.

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Kawhi Leonard is headed north of the border along with Danny Green to play with Kyle Lowry. The the East wide open with LeBron James gone, and the Raptors are going all-in to try to get to the Finals. They did this trade pretty much knowing that Leonard could leave them next summer, and by all accounts it seems like he will.

Chris Haynes is reporting that Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto. If that is indeed the case, it means Leonard could join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy ButlerKemba Walker and others in the free agent class of 2019. And Leonard being unhappy this season in Toronto puts the possibility of him going to the Knicks next summer very much in play.

With the Knicks potentially being able to bring in two max players, it would not be stunning for Leonard to think about coming to New York. One of the best situations possible for the Knicks is if they can end up signing both Leonard and Irving next summer, giving them a stacked big three of Irving, Leonard, and Kristaps Porzingis. Mix that with Kevin Knox with a year under his belt, Knicks fans would be drooling. It's not bonkers to think it's possible...

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Jake Brown
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Mar 8, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles in the third quarter against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Mar 8, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles in the third quarter against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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With LeBron James going to the Lakers, the Eastern Conference is now wide open. The Celtics and 76ers are the two favorites, but after that, the rest of the playoff spots areup for grabs. One of those spots likely isn't going to be the Knicks this season as they wait for Kristaps Porzingis to return from a torn ACL. But they could strike in the summer of 2019.

Next summer could be the beginning of the Knicks' return to relevance in a conference that anyone can win. The team will have plenty of cap space to go get not only one superstar, but two. The names that should be atop their list that could be a reality? Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

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Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25) shoots the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25) shoots the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The NBA Draft order is set and the Knicks will be picking ninth. The last time the Knicks picked in that spot, they took Michael Sweetney...and we know how that turned out. The jury is still out on their eighth pick last year, Frank Ntilikina, but the Knicks badly need to take an impact player this year that they can potentially insert in the starting lineup.

Over the next five weeks, there are things that can change with these prospects after the Combine, workouts, and interviews. But the list below should be the guys the Knicks have their eye on and the order of preference...

1. Mikal Bridges

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Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25), guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15) and forward Kris Jenkins (2) celebrate against the Providence Friars during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. (Mark L. Baer)
Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25), guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15) and forward Kris Jenkins (2) celebrate against the Providence Friars during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. (Mark L. Baer)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It's no surprise that the Knicks didn't get any luck in the NBA Draft Lottery and stayed at the ninth spot -- where they were projected to pick. The good news is that they didn't drop, which has happened before. In the end, the Knicks will have a top 10 pick that they desperately need to be an impact player immediately. There's no time to draft another project like Frank Ntilikina

Here's what not moving up in the lottery means for the Knicks...

First off, they are definitely out on adding Luka Doncic -- another European player -- to the fold. He will likely go No. 2 to the Kings unless his former coach, Igor Kokoslov, passes on DeAndre Ayton and takes him with the first pick. Either way, both the Suns and Kings are getting potential franchise players that they both need badly...

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Accountability. Accountability. Accountability. That is something David Fizdale is ready to hammer down. And It's something that Jeff Hornacek failed to do in his two forgettable seasons coaching the Knicks.

According to Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, current NBA players, coaches, and executives all spoke highly of Fizdale, calling him someone who holds people accountable. That attribute, mixed with being a "tireless worker" and an "innovative basketball mind," all add up to what the Knicks have been missing.

Also, a high character head coach is something the Knicks badly needed. Fizdale fills that void. Nobody used the words "high character" when speaking about Hornacek. The 43-year-old Fizdale is a dozen years younger and can get into the ears of these players. If someone is playing poorly, Fizdale will sit them...

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Jake Brown
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(Kyle Terada)

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Is it just me or does it seem like the Knicks head coaching search has taken years? Well, it feels like it.

You can't blame the front office for taking their time in the search for a job that has essentially become a revolving door since Jeff Van Gundy walked out in 2001. This is an important decision in the midst of a rebuilding team that hopes to contend for a playoff spot within the next year or two.

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Kenny Smith (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Kenny Smith (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter: The Knicks interviewing Kenny Smith has to be out of courtesy or a favor from Scott Perry. There shouldn't be a chance in the world that Smith actually receives the head coaching job. If he does, it will quite possibly be the shocker of the century.

Perry knows, despite telling the media the contrary, that a guy with no experience just isn't a fit for this job at this point. The Knicks are not in a position where they can go with a rookie head coach. They have enough youth and inexperience on the roster. The last thing they could use at this point of their rebuild is someone who hasn't done the job elsewhere. In fact, the Knicks have only hired one head coach with zero experience, which was Derek Fisher, and we all know how that turned out.

With the right team in the right situation, hiring a head coach without experience would make sense. The Warriors hiring Steve Kerr made sense because he was coaching a stacked roster that had enough talent to win championships and start a dynasty. Kerr also had some experience in the front office as the GM with the Suns.

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The Knicks will enter the NBA Draft in June with a top-10 pick. They are in the eighth spot right now, but that can change depending on how these final games play out and how the balls drop in the lottery.

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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

With the Knicks' search for a new head coach already underway, here is a look at the top candidates for the position in its early stages.

Mark Jackson

Jackson is one of top names that come up when people talk about who may become the next Knicks head coach. He obviously had success here as a player from 1987-1992, and then returned from 2000-2002 towards the end of his playing career. He was a fan favorite and always played hard, especially on the defensive end.

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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jake Brown | Twitter | As the Knicks season slowly and painfully winds down, it's time to start thinking about what this team needs to do in the offseason. The first decision is simple for them -- fire Jeff Hornacek.

The next move will be to replace Hornacek with someone who hopefully won't be getting replaced anytime soon. I recently broke down possible options for the Knicks at head coach.

After replacing Hornacek, it's time for the Knicks to figure out what they are doing with the current roster before they plan on who they are going to select with their top 10 pick in the NBA Draft in June. Many of those decisions begin with what they are going to do with their overcrowded backcourt situation. Here's where the Knicks should start...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jake Brown
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Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and current ESPN commentator smiles before the start of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. (Cary Edmondson)
Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and current ESPN commentator smiles before the start of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. (Cary Edmondson)

Jake Brown | Twitter | As everyone expected, it is looking like a lock that the Knicks will fire head coach Jeff Hornacek when this grueling, frustrating season finally ends on April 11.

After a very disappointing 31-51 season last year when Hornacek arrived, and another 50-plus loss season on the way -- which includes a 9-31 stretch over the past 40 games -- it will be a sigh of relief when Hornacek gets the pink slip.

So, who will replace him? Let's take a look at a few of the top candidates and who might make sense as the Knicks try to put the right pieces together to potentially be more competitive next season.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The 2017-2018 Knicks did not enter the season with many expectations. The thought was that this would likely be a rebuilding year as they try and start fresh with Kristaps Porzingis as the franchise player. After a 17-14 start and wins over some good teams, that thought became "well this definitely looks like a playoff team."

Then, the season got away from them at almost the exact same point of the season it did last year. Since that point, the team is an abysmal 6-22 and 7.5 games behind the eighth seed. From three games over .500 to 13 games under .500 in a knick of time. On top of that, their franchise player tore his ACL during that stretch.

At 23-36, with 23 games remaining and the playoffs nowhere near sight, why should we even be watching the Knicks the rest of the season? Well, here are five reasons why you should stay tuned...

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Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Remember when the Knicks were 17-14? We were all talking about this being a playoff team and how fun it was to watch them play and continue to develop. That seems like ages ago. The are now a season-worst five games back for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But that all takes a back seat now to the news that Kristaps Porzingis has a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

The worst part of this is how it affects the Knicks' future.

The Knicks weren't making the playoffs this year, but the main issue is that Porzingis will most likely miss at least the first half of next season as well. New York is going to have to potentially play 41 games next season -- and maybe even more -- without the face of their franchise. Essentially, this injury means throwing next season out the window as well...

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Jake Brown | Twitter | If coaches were judged off the first 30 games of the season, Jeff Hornacek would be in solid shape. Unfortunately for him, it's an 82-game season. And after that 30-game mark, he's been one of the worst coaches in the NBA.

After a 16-13 start in his first year coaching the Knicks last season, they went 15-38 the rest of the way. This season, after an impressive 17-14 start, they have gone 6-17. They find new ways to not only lose on the road, where they are an embarrassing 7-21, but now they're finding new ways to lose at home too, where they are 16-10 after starting 15-5.

At 23-31, the Knicks have 28 games remaining, and are four games behind the Sixers for the final playoff spot in the East. The season has quickly slipped away from them after they had me and almost everyone fooled for being a potential playoff team. The chances the Knicks have a miraculous 28-game stretch and make the playoffs are slime to none, especially considering only eight of their 28 games left are against teams below .500. Even those eight games look difficult, considering they choked in a home loss to the worst team in the NBA on Sunday afternoon...

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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Jake Brown | Twitter | With the trade deadline just two weeks away, there's no question Knicks GM Scott Perry should be working the phones as much as possible. Everyone will talk about the Knicks potentially being sellers, and at 21-27 and four games back of the final playoff spot in the East, that makes all the sense in the world.

One rumor that has circulated is the Knicks not exactly being sellers, but being buyers and getting Kemba Walker. The Hornets point guard only makes $12 million a year and has one year left on his contract. That's pretty affordable for an All-Star caliber player, who is from New York, and who usually lights it up at MSG.

But the one thing the Knicks should go all-in on is trying to swing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs to land Kawhi Leonard...

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Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It's halfway through the Knicks season and their unicorn has talked about being very tired. Kristaps Porzingis has missed six games this season, after missing 16 last season, and 10 in his rookie season. That comes out to 32 games out of 205, which is around 15 percent of games missed.

The Knicks star was tremendous at the start of the season, where he looked like a legit MVP candidate. Then injuries and illnesses of different varieties went down, and things changed. Porzingis missed games, he played hurt, he took a lot of hits, and his numbers declined rapidly. There have been nights he hasn't showed up at all (the one-point effort against the Celtics), and there's been nights he has not shot well.

Porzingis is only 22 years old and has plenty of room to grow, but there have been the highs with KP and there have been lows. Jeff Hornacek and the Knicks are going to have to find a way to keep Porzingis fresh if they want to make a run for the playoffs, because he's only going to get more tired as he plays more games. Here's what can be done...

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)
Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The once promising Knicks season of two weeks ago has quickly taken a negative turn. After their surprising win over the Celtics where Michael Beasley's 32 points carried the team to a win and a 17-14 record, the Knicks have lost six of their last seven games to fall to 18-20 and a dreadful 3-13 on the road.

They are now 10th in the Eastern Conference, and a game behind the Pacers for the final playoff spot. With three games until we hit the halfway point of the season, the Knicks aren't dead in the water yet because of this slump. There's still a lot of time to turn it back around, but not if things stay the way they are.

Calling up guard Trey Burke from the G-League Westchester Knicks on Friday is a move that has to be made, and one that makes perfect sense to make...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Kyle O'Quinn, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jake Brown
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

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You may not be sure anymore if you're watching basketball or you're on the Superman roller coaster at Disney World. If the Knicks season so far hasn't taken at least a few years off your life, well you're stronger than most people. If you have any hair to turn grey or lose, unlike me, it probably would have happened at this point. You have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in just 35 games of basketball. And there's still another 37 games to deal with...

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jake Brown | Twitter | With Carmelo Anthony making his return to Madison Square Garden tonight when his Thunder take on the Knicks, it makes you think...what would the 15-13 Knicks look like right now if they kept Melo?

The Knicks were 31-51 last season. After 28 games last season, they had the same 15-13 record they have this year. They won their next game to go 16-13, and then the season took a turn for the worse. They fell below .500, had no winning streaks, and continued downard for the rest of the season.

The Knicks have already had three three-game winning streaks this season. Last year's team only had two three-game winning streaks all season. So essentially, after Saturday's game (the 29th of the season) was when the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks begun their tailspin in 2016-17. I wouldn't expect any downfall that drastic by this Knicks team. The records right now are similar. The teams? Not at all...

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks are 11-12 and past the quarter mark of the season. This team has had some highs and lately they have had some lows. In some aspects, they have been better than people expected, and in others, they have underachieved.

I said before the season that this would be somewhere around the fifth-worst team in the NBA. Clearly, I was wrong. The Knicks are better than that. However, a problem that will likely remain with them for the whole season is health.

It's alarming that this team still has 59 games to play and that they already cannot stay healthy. Only two players on the roster have played in all 23 games: Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott. That means only one starter (Lee) has played in every game this season. Their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, has already missed four games, and has had multiple different injuries and illnesses...and it's not even Christmas yet...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jake Brown
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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Carmelo, who?

It's still only a quarter of the way through the season, but it's pretty clear that the Knicks have gotten the best of the trade with the Thunder so far. Of the three players in the deal, Enes Kanter has made the most significant contribution. It hasn't been just what Kanter has done on the court, but his leadership off the court.

The Knicks just lost all three games with Kanter out of the lineup with back spasms. He returned Wednesday night, and without the injured Kristaps Porzingis for nearly all of the game, Kanter was the man in charge as the Knicks returned to their winning ways. He had a double-double before the half even hit, and led all scorers, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The knock on Kanter was that he wasn't a good defender, but he's been a force for this team in the paint, especially on the glass.

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It has not taken very long for Enes Kanter to become one of the new fan favorites here in New York. At 7-6, I'd say it took 13 games for that to be true, but really it may have just taken one game and a couple of quotes Monday night.

Kanter stood up for his rookie teammate Frank Ntilikina not just in the headlines, but on the court. He showed what a tremendous teammate he is, and what an important voice he is in the locker room. Kanter wasn't going to let LeBron James say or do things to their rookie point guard and let the future Hall of Famer run all over them. Sure, the Knicks blew a 23-point lead and lost the game Monday to the Cavaliers, but Kanter getting in LeBron's face when he was bumping Ntilikina was a big statement.

Then what he said after the game about LeBron was important to send a message and defend his team. Kanter clearly wants to win and he knows what being part of a team is, and being a leader. So far, he looks like the veteran leader on this squad...

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

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That it feels like old times seems to be the reaction amongst Knicks fans going to games at Madison Sqaure Garden so far this season. Tuesday night, the buzz in the building truly felt like it. 

There were a couple of plays prior to the fourth quarter that were special. Most notably, the series where Kristaps Porzingis had three straight blocks after a Kyle O'Quinn block was nuts. You never see a block after block after block after block ever. Unfortunately for the Knicks, Frank Ntilikina was called for a foul on the final one. When they played the replay on the scoreboard, you could hear the crowd essentially counting after each block...

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Oct 30, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York forward Knicks Kristaps Porzingis (7) (Andy Marlin)
Oct 30, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York forward Knicks Kristaps Porzingis (7) (Andy Marlin)

Jake Brown | Twitter | On October 30 at Madison Square Garden, Kristaps Porzingis was getting "MVP" chants from the home crowd. While it's only six games into the season and may sound crazy, it's actually not.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian is becoming a superstar right before our eyes. Trading Carmelo Anthony may have been the best thing to happen to Porzingis' career, and that has been evident early and often so far this season.

The Knicks have played six game, and Porzingis has scored 30-plus points in five of them. He's shooting a career-high 47.8 percent from the field and a career-high 36.4 percent from three-point range. He looks better in every aspect of his game and looks stronger as well. His strength was one of the biggest question marks and he has been terrific on his post moves...

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Jon Hein and Michael Rapaport discuss Kristaps Porzingis' hot start to the season and what the Knicks' role players can do to help him out.

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The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

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The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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Knicks center Enes Kanter chats with SNY's Taylor Rooks about facing his former teammates in his return to Oklahoma City.

The Knicks open the season tonight against the new-look Thunder in Oklahoma City. Some old friends will meet again after the Carmelo Anthony to OKC trade a few weeks ago. Let's take a look at the three things to watch for...

Porzingis vs. Melo

Only fitting, right? Just a few weeks after the trade, the basketball gods lined up the two former teammates to duke it out on opening night. The former face of the Knicks will take on the new face of the Knicks, and they will likely be guarding each other all night long.

It's going to be intriguing to see Carmelo Anthony against the Knicks period, but going up against Porzingis will be a must-watch every possession. You know Porzingis wants to swat a couple of his attempts into Tulsa. Porzingis is going to have his hands full and his stamina will be something to keep an eye on as covering Melo will be a tough task. Melo has added incentive to stick it to his former team tonight in front of his new home fans.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

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The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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John Starks is considered one of the top-15 Knicks all-time -- he knows a thing or two about getting to the playoffs. Starks made the postseason in every single one of his eight seasons with the Knicks. With the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony, many believe that they aren't a playoff team with their current roster, but Starks disagrees. 

"I see this as a playoff team," Starks told SNY.tv on Tuesday night at the NextGen AAA launch event at Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers. "I thought they were a playoff team last year, but unfortunately things didn't click. Hopefully this year, especially in the East. The East isn't as strong as the West. I think we are in the top eight teams that should be in there.

"I think we have a solid team, but you never know until you lace them up and get out there on the court. Hopefully guys come back with some renewed energy just knowing they are a much better team than what they showed last year. I'm excited about it."

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The Carmelo Anthony era has come to an end all the drama is done with, with the Knicks bringing Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott back to New York.

The Knicks were not going to get much better of a return than this. I don't think the Cavaliers were trading Kevin Love, and that would be the only return that was any better. Maybe the Knicks could have gotten a first round pick instead of a second round pick, but that's about it. I like the pieces the Knicks got here. 

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