The Knicks only played six games before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus. There will be no more for them, because they are not part of the 22 teams that will resume in Florida.
So with another losing season, Leon Rose can start making changes that can perhaps move the Knicks in a positive direction.
The Knicks finished 21-45, extending the worst trait in the franchise’s history by losing the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
The riot started early, even by Knicks standards. Coach David Fizdale was fired at just 22 games in his second season and Steve Mills was fired as president in February.
Mike Miller led the team as an interim manager after Fizdale’s departure and had the Knicks in defense and competition much better, but Rose is likely to be looking for another new manager.
His plans are unknown. Rose hasn’t spoken to the media since she took office.
He should have the opportunity to improve the team through the project. The Knicks will have another lottery pick this season and will have seven first round picks over the next four years.
Their best choice from last year, selection no. 3 RJ Barrett, finished well with an average of 14.3 points for the season. But Kevin Knox II had an alarming drop in his second season, averaging 6.4 points after scoring 12.8 per game after being taken no. 9 in the 2018 draft.
He needs to recover and every new addition will have to work well to reach one of the most incisive teams in the NBA in an era in which crimes dominate. The Knicks scored 105.8 points on average, finishing 29th in the 30-team league.