Without Kristaps Porzingis for possibly the entire season, the Knicks don't have many bonafide heavy-minutes players on the roster for next season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. will get a lot of minutes. Behind him, the playing time can change night-to-night for many of the players, which is saturated with young players like Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and first-round pick Kevin Knox.
Head coach David Fizdale won't just anoint some of the players and hand them minutes. They have to earn them.
"I'm not handing out nothing. Everything will be earned," Fizdale said, via Ian Begley of ESPN. "Obviously we're going to have a super young team. I felt like why even disrupt the culture by handing something to a kid? Make them earn everything along the way is going to make them tougher. They'll become better teammates, they'll believe in what we're doing more, if they feel it's a fair shake."
Fizdale has spoken about changing the culture in New York and the desire to return the Knicks to their older values.
"I know my history -- that's the one thing I know," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman earlier in June. "I've watched all of their old teams. That's part of why I wanted to be here. I want to have an unselfish ballclub just like them."