New York Knicks

This summer will determine whether this ranking is far too high or laughably low. For the time being, that means it should be just right.
The’Bockers are almost a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline deal erased most of long-term obligations. Their highest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too big for the Knicks right now. As Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke , it’s not impossible to discover a scenario where Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden home next season.
Is it likely? Not in the least. But when the Knicks have their built-in market advantages, and plenty of cap room and a decent shot at securing the No. 1 pick, that’s an army of resources most clubs would struggle to match.
There’s also an floor.
Cap distance might not mean Irving and/or Durant. Perhaps It’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Perhaps it’s not any one. Given the revamped lottery odds, the Knicks may wind up drafting fourth or fifth. So, instead of Zion Williamson (along with a possible path to Davis), maybe the draft haul is just Cam Reddish or Jarrett Culver.
New York already has some childhood set up, although its potential is in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears ahead of schedule and Allonzo Trier has been a tremendous surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Moreover, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, and Ntilikina’s outlook is cloudy at best.

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