The Knicks have instilled a devotion to consistency in the defensive end under the tutelage of head coach Tom Thibodeau. However, despite having the right manpower to play defense first, the team is grappling with the challenges posed by a developing youth core.
Those challenges were on full display during the postseason as Julius Randle limped his way through the playoffs, posting numbers well below his regular season averages. His struggles highlighted the team’s lack of depth and inexperience.
Regardless, New York needs to get off to a strong start in the 2023-2024 season after a playoff appearance last season. If the team struggles next season, the front office will have to find someone to blame; that someone could end up being Thibodeau.