New York Knicks Roster 2020 Knicks Roster

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This offseason was supposed to be the story of the New York Knicks, as all season long they touted about tanking for Zion Williamson, their inevitable signings of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and how they would be the future of the league. Well, to say the least, that didn’t happen. The New Orleans Pelicans won the lottery and got Zion, and then the two stars spurned the Knicks for the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the franchise and fanbase in complete devastation. Smartly, however, they did not go in and overpay for an aging and/or underwhelming star just to say that they “got somebody”, as instead they came to terms with a bunch of team-friendly 2 year deals so that they can be in position to strike again when the touted 2021 free agency period comes along.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Dennis Smith Jr. Dennis Smith Jr. D. Smith Jr. 5
#35 PG 1 6' 3" 195 21 11/25/97 2nd season North Carolina State
PG Elfrid Payton Elfrid Payton E. Payton 4
#32 PG 2 6' 4" 185 25 2/22/94 5th season Louisiana-Lafayette
PG Allonzo Trier Allonzo Trier A. Trier 14
3 6' 5" 200 23 1/17/96 Rookie Arizona
PG Frank Ntilikina Frank Ntilikina F. Ntilikina 11
#60 PG 3 6' 6" 200 21 7/28/98 2nd season
PG Amir Hinton Amir Hinton A. Hinton
PG Billy Garrett Billy Garrett B. Garrett 3
6' 6" 215 Rookie DePaul
PG V.j. King V.j. King V. King
PG Tony Taylor Tony Taylor T. Taylor
SG Wayne Ellington Wayne Ellington W. Ellington 20
#46 SG 2 6' 5" 200 31 11/29/87 10th season North Carolina
SG Damyean Dotson Damyean Dotson D. Dotson 21
3 6' 6" 210 25 5/6/94 2nd season Houston
SG Kadeem Allen Kadeem Allen K. Allen 0
6' 3" 200 26 1/15/93 2nd season Arizona
SG John Jenkins John Jenkins J. Jenkins 30
6' 4" 215 28 3/6/91 6th season Vanderbilt
SF Kevin Knox Kevin Knox K. Knox 20
#79 SF 1 6' 9" 215 20 8/11/99 Rookie Kentucky
SF Reggie Bullock Reggie Bullock R. Bullock 35
#23 SF 2 6' 7" 205 28 3/16/91 6th season North Carolina
PF Julius Randle Julius Randle J. Randle 30
#19 PF 1 6' 9" 250 24 11/29/94 5th season Kentucky
PF RJ Barrett RJ Barrett R. Barrett 0
1 6' 7" 202 Rookie Duke
PF Bobby Portis Bobby Portis B. Portis 5
#21 PF 2 6' 11" 250 24 2/10/95 4th season Arkansas
PF Taj Gibson Taj Gibson T. Gibson 67
#44 PF 2 6' 9" 232 34 6/24/85 10th season USC
PF Marcus Morris Marcus Morris M. Morris 13
#27 PF 6' 9" 235 30 9/2/89 8th season Kansas
PF Noah Vonleh Noah Vonleh N. Vonleh 32
#56 PF 6' 9" 250 24 8/24/95 5th season Indiana
PF Ignas Brazdeikis Ignas Brazdeikis I. Brazdeikis
6' 7" 221 Rookie Michigan
PF Isaiah Hicks Isaiah Hicks I. Hicks 4
6' 9" 230 25 7/24/94 2nd season North Carolina
C Mitchell Robinson Mitchell Robinson M. Robinson 26
1 7' 1" 240 21 4/1/98 Rookie Western Kentucky

2019-2020 New York Knicks Roster Top 3 Questions

Can RJ Barrett Live Up to the Hype?

While the Knicks missed out on Zion, they still managed to get the 3rd overall pick, resulting in the selection of former #1 overall recruit RJ Barrett. Barrett played with Zion at Duke last year, and despite all of the attention going to his teammate he was still able to post impressive averages of 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. The worry with Barrett, however, is his efficiency. This concern is mainly due to his questionable jump shot that resulted in him only making 30.8% of his 3-pointers during his only year of college. If Barrett can fine tune his shot mechanics, he can become one of the more dynamic young wings in the game, and this could finally be the big break the Knicks have been waiting for.

Will Mitchell Robinson Continue to Impress?

While the Knicks clearly struggled to play any winning basketball last year, rookie center Mitchell Robinson was an unlikely bright spot throughout the season. Despite being limited to only 20.6 minutes per game, he proved to be one of the best rim protectors in NBA right away as he was 2nd in the league in blocks per game (2.4) and 3rd in block percentage (10.0%). His offensive skills still have lots of room for improvement, and he often gets in foul trouble by being too aggressive going for his coveted blocks, but the future is still bright for Robinson. Hopefully he continues to shine within a larger role next season.

How Does the Power Forward Log-Jam Shape Out?

While the Knicks did do the smart thing by not handing out any long-term contracts to non-stars, most of the players that they did sign have something in common: they are all power forwards! Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson will all be battling with each other for playing time this season. Randle is arguably the best player of the bunch, averaging a career high in points last season at 21.4 points per game, but his shaky jump shot could be a problem if they plan to give heavy minutes to guys like Barrett and Robinson who need shooting around them. This is where Morris and Portis could both be valuable, since they respectively shot 37.5% and 40.3% from downtown a year ago.