The New York Knicks have had a very good and busy offseason as the put together a very promising roster for the 2016-17 season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks have added Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Spanish center Willy Hernangomez.
Knicks president Phil Jackson has been underwhelming in his first two years in New York but he made big moves in this third season. He traded for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and signed Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to multiyear deals.
According to Roster Resource, the Knicks starting five will be Rose, Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Noah. They also signed Brandon Jennings to a one-year deal to become the backup point guard just in case Rose breaks down again.
That will be the main concern for the Knicks heading into the season, staying healthy. Lee is the only durable player among the starters. Rose, Noah, and Anthony have all struggled with injuries for the past couple of seasons. Even Porzingis was slowed down by a bum shoulder last season.
Nonetheless, the Knicks added some additional firepower for its bench. New York will be welcoming Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Spanish center Willy Hernangomez who both signed multiyear deals, per ESPN.
Kuzminskas is only 26 years old and his physique is comparable to Jonas Jerebko. The difference is that he’s not a great outside shooter but he has the athleticism to guard multiple positions. The Lithuanian can provide energy off the bench just like what Derrick Williams did last season.
On the other hand, Hernangomez is a center that likes to bang bodies inside. His offensive game is not yet polished but he can play good minutes as a backup center. He is also a close friend of Kristaps Porzingis which makes him a valuable member of the team.
The main goal for the Knicks heading into the season is to make the 2017 playoffs. However, they need to stay healthy and build chemistry in order to achieve that. The Eastern Conference has gotten stronger, but so are these Knicks.
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