The 2017-2018 NBA season doesn’t start for another six months but before that happens, a lot has to change in New York with the Knicks. Roster moves, front office moves, media addresses are all things that need to occur. The Knicks finished their 2016-2017 season in turmoil once again but this time it was the least expected. At the beginning of the season things were looking very bright for the Knicks but all season long things fell out of place and eventually there was no improving.
The first thing that needs to be handled this summer is Carmelo Anthony and his value to the franchise. Carmelo Anthony wants to be in New York. He wants to play for New York and he wants a team that is built to win surrounding him. He honestly deserves it and it’s about time he gets what he deserves. He is the star player of this team and he proved so. With him on the court the team both scores more and logs in more wins. He however can not carry a team alone for 82 games. It takes an entire roster and organization to be willing to commit and work towards the common goal, being an NBA Championship. All of the drama surrounding Melo needs to be addressed and handled prior to the start of the next season.
Kristaps Porzingis needs to spend more time developing his game and putting on more weight and muscle. By doing so, he can eventually permanently play the Center position and dominate because of his crafty offensive skill set. He is still fairly new to the league and entering his third season next year he should be exciting to watch and should be starting to look like the face of the franchise.
The Knicks then have to have a great summer via the NBA Draft and Free Agency. The team already has some of the pieces needed to win and it is time the remainder gets added. With a top draft pick, the Knicks add a young franchise player who for now will be filling in a role.In a few years though, this player could possibly be a perennial All-Star. Through free agency they add depth and possibly some veteran leadership. All of these are needed to build a winning team and the Knicks do not have to trade Carmelo Anthony to do so.
If the front office properly handles things this offseason, then there is hope for the future. The Knicks could possibly be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA and once they start winning, the fans will come even more. Already named NBA’s most valuable franchise, if the Knicks were to start winning, the Knicks could possibly be set for years to come. The Knicks legacy could be as great as the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics. With only two championships currently, the Knicks sit far behind those teams but nothing is impossible and I look forward to growing as Knicks fan and seeing improvements in the near future.