NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

Sam Amico


Camp Location:U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Coach:Jeff Hornacek, first year with Knicks, three years overall; 101-112.

Last Season:32-50, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees:Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Louis Amundson, Sasha Vujacic.

Key Additions:Derrick Rose (Chicago), Joakim Noah (Chicago), Brandon Jennings (Orlando), Courtney Lee (Charlotte), Justin Holiday (Chicago), Ron Baker (rookie, Wichita State), Willy Hernangomez (Spain), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Spain), Maurice Ndour (Spain), Marshall Plumlee (rookie, Duke), JP Tokoto (D-League).

Key Losses:Arron Afflalo (Sacramento), Jose Calderon (LA Lakers), Jerian Grant (Chicago), Robin Lopez (Chicago), Derrick Williams (Miami), Kevin Seraphin (Indiana), Tony Wroten (Memphis), Langston Galloway (New Orleans), Cleanthony Early (free agent).

Outlook:This is what you call a makeover. It's not necessarily what you call utter success – but Knicks president Phil Jackson clearly has the roster in a better spot than last season. Right? Right. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are the most notable additions, but the likes of Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee may prove to be just as valuable if they quickly figure out their roles and fit. Oh, and let's not forget Jeff Hornacek, the surprising coaching hire charged with bringing it all together. Despite the newness, this is still Carmelo Anthony's team. With his new running mates, and another season of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could finally be going somewhere. And when's the last time you could say that?