Sitting at 10-26 and last in the Atlantic Division, playoff aspirations are far from the thoughts of anyone in the Knicks' organization this year.
But that doesn't mean there can't be some positives to come out of another tough season at Madison Square Garden.
"I think what we do every day impacts their development," interim head coach Mike Miller said at Monday's practice in Los Angeles. "I think what we did today, maybe it wasn't real physical or long, but that impacted their development. There was teaching, there was quality reps. I think they can get it a lot of different ways. Game experience, obviously, is important, and we feel like all the young guys are getting good minutes to grow."
Third overall pick RJ Barrett, of course, is getting plenty of those opportunities. He's third on the team in minutes, averaging 31.6 minutes per game, and has started every game in which he's played, missing just the team's Nov. 24th contest against the Nets with an unspecified illness. His 13.7 points per game are also third on the team, behind Julius Randle and Marcus Morris, the two players also seeing more time on the floor than Barrett.
Frank Ntilikina made 23 straight starts at point guard earlier in the season, but has since returned to the bench. With Elfrid Payton out of the lineup on Sunday, Ntilikina drew back into the starting lineup and had seven points and three assists in 28 minutes in a three-point loss to the Clippers.
But there's no doubt that Kevin Knox hasn't been everything the Knicks had hoped for in his second NBA season. Certainly, the offseason additions of Randle and Morris have cut into the the 20-year-old Kentucky product's minutes (from 28.8 to 19.4 per game), but he's still shooting well below 40 percent from the floor and is averaging just 7.5 points per game.
Still, Knox is trying to take whatever he can out of the opportunities that he's getting, whether it's in practice or games.
"You can always improve every aspect of your game," Knox said. "Making more shots, ball handling. You can get better defensively, better rebounding. Every player has stuff they've got to work on. So I want to keep that same approach going into every game, every season."