New York Knicks Depth Chart 2019 Knicks Depth Chart

11-47, 15th in East Atlantic

vs MIN

12:30 am GMT, 2/23

The Knicks received a major blow to their prospect of a rebuild when their star player, Kristaps Porzingis, went down with injury. Porzingis has since resumed some on-court work, but he is still a few months away from returning to competition form. The idea of a shutdown in 2019 is still a possibility for Porzingis and it would seem fitting if he is to remain the major piece that is keeping this team from contention. The draft represented the return of a lottery pick to the Knicks roster. Kevin Knox was their selection. Knox is a forward that brings a solid basketball IQ with an impressive set of skills. He will start the season from the bench but could easily buy himself starting minutes within this roster. The team did little in free agency to bolster star power, but they found a starting power forward in Mario Hezonja. Hezonja was primarily billed as a small forward during his years with the Magic, but he has the size needed to bump to the power forward position. Rounding out the rest of this rotation, the team is filled with scorers that could go off any night. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke are two players that fit this role, which is something the team needs to lean on in order to remain on par with league scoring totals and remain relevant in competition.

Offense Depth Chart

Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG
Small Forward SF
Power Forward PF
Small Forward SF
Power Forward PF
Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG

Top 3 New York Knicks Depth Chart Questions

Q: Should the team shut down Kristaps Porzingis in 2018?

A: The team spent little cap money this off-season to bring in the mentioned role players and perspective starters. The contracts of their starting players a minimal, with Hardaway representing the richest on paper. The shut down of Porzingis would allow the team to see what they had in their back pocket. They can spread the minutes and find the pieces they need to continue to build this organization back to full strength. Another high draft pick and cap room for a crowded free agent class would not be a bad look for the team this season.

Q: What will the team do with their many point guard options?

A: Burke is slotted to be the team's starter, but they still have Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina on the bench. Both Mudiay and Ntilikina were drafted with the mind frame that their development might be slowed. Both of these International talents needed to refine their skill sets to adapt to the NBA style of play. Mudiay has been given multiple chances to do just that but hasn't really progressed with his time in the league. Ntilikina enters his sophomore season and has high hopes of reaching these levels of progressive improvement.

Q: How do this team size up the competition?

A: The overall height per position is relatively low for this team when compared to other franchises. They have used this under-sized lineup the past few seasons and have featured little push-back in terms of defensive pairings or offensive advantages. It may be time to start slotting guys into more natural roles as opposed to calling on them to be flex talents. Look for many different lineup combinations as this team looks to straighten these concerns.