"Hope [Carmelo Anthony] can come back healthy. Obviously he's the catalyst," Frazier pointed out.
"$30 million isn't what it used to be," Frazier said of the Knicks' cap space this past summer. "We didn't acquire a real superstar. We got a lot of good role players to fill in, but those guys are going to have to have career seasons in order for the Knicks to make the playoffs," he said.
[sny-editorial userid="keithbschlosser"]That's a pretty bold assertion, but perhaps it's relatively close to being true. Arron Afflalo was reeled in to New York with the hope that he can be a reliable number two scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony. The team will undoubtedly need him to step up as such, because frankly, they don't exactly have another candidate they can turn to for that type of production. Afflalo had an off year last season while splitting time in Orlando and Portland, but did average a career-high 18.2 points as recently as the 2013-14 season. At 29-years-old, Afflalo is still in his prime.
At 27, Robin Lopez will need to earn every last bit of his reported $54 million. Lopez has never really been much of a numbers guy, per se, but his defensive instincts and respective presence on the boards and down on the low block will make him valuable in New York. The team desperately needs a defensive anchor. "The biggest weakness for the Knicks is defense. Lack of defensive intensity," the broadcaster said. "Too many guys literally walking to the basket." Perhaps what Lopez does will be infectious. He has never averaged a double-double, so that might be something to shoot for.
As for the likes of Kyle O'Quinn, Kevin Seraphin, and Derrick Williams, they're all still on the youngster side. Each of them is still waiting to have a breakout season. Though this happens to be the case, the Knicks will be dependent upon them all for notable contributors off the bench or during spot-starts. As Frazier notes, they, too, will need to step up as more minutes and ample opportunities come their way.
Frazier was also optimistic about draft pick Kristaps Porzingis, adding, "[He is] a tremendous talent. He's 7'3" and has the three-point shot in his arsenal. He can block a shot without leaving his feet, so he can be an intimidator there," before also saying the number four overall pick will also need to get much stronger.