NBA Power Rankings: New York Knicks up

The New York Knicks are 11-2 since OG Anunoby entered the rotation on January 1st. Their most recent win was a 38-point rout of the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Thursday. And Anunoby has yet to play a single game with a negative plus-minus in a Knicks jersey.

But that’s obviously not the only reason why New York is one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

Damian Lillard was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, but there’s a real argument about whether Jalen Brunson was better. The Knicks point guard has the 2023-24 edge in points per game, three-point percentage, effective shooting percentage, and area plus/minus.

With those two, Julius Randle, and one of the grittiest supporting casts in the NBA, this team screams Tom Thibodeau-style basketball. And this is now translating into many victories.