The New York Knicks have become the league’s laughingstock for a very long time now, owning nothing more than a very steady and loyal fanbase that’s struggled to keep faith in the team considering how poorly it’s been managed over the last decade.
For God’s sake, every single time it seems like their suffering is coming to an end, a new drama surges and the front office just keeps screwing it up on a yearly basis, and it seems like this never ending self-destruction spiral is just going to make fans abandon the team.
Fortunately, it’s not actually that late, and they can still turn things around if they play their cards right. I mean, come on? Who wouldn’t want to play as the franchise player in the Big Apple? And with Carmelo finally on his way out and Porzingis thriving, the Knicks should just merely tank and let the Latvian unicorn blossom while big name free agents watch and get tempted to join him at MSG.
So let’s take a look at 4 guys that could actually make things work for the Knicks a couple of seasons from now.
4. Klay Thompson (2019 Summer)
Klay Thompson has been constantly linked with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers as a California native, but considering they’re going to pursue LeBron James, and Paul George has already stated that he intends to play there, he would get even less touches than he already does at GSW.
With him already being a 2-time NBA Champion (and probably having won another ring this upcoming season), motivation would definitely take a toll on the Warriors, and he could become this team’s go to guy come the 2019 season when they should pursue him and offer him a max contract.
3. Kawhi Leonard (2020 Summer)
Kawhi Leonard should be on the New York Knicks' 2020 agenda, and even if he has already won a Championship and has been named Finals MVP, DPOY and is a steady frontrunner MVP candidate, he won’t fulfill his true potential playing in the San Antonio Spurs system.
Of course, it’s never easy to say no to the Spurs, but considering he’d be THE GUY if he winds up playing for the Knicks, he could actually take his game to a whole new level while dominating the weaker Eastern Conference. LeBron James will be a 36-year old veteran and Kawhi Leonard could be the new King of the East.
2. Kyrie Irving (2019 Summer)
Sick and tired of living under LeBron’s shadow, Kyrie could actually try to prove that he can actually win a championship without LeBron by his side, and going to the Knicks to become the team’s star in 2019 would definitely be a step in that direction.
Besides, pairing him with Porzingis would be a beauty to watch, considering how versatile, skilled and young both guys are, and making them steady frontrunners to lead the East on a yearly basis.
Of course, at this moment it will be interesting where he will play next season, but he will be a free agent in 2019 and that will be a deciding point in his career.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (2021 Summer)
The Greek Freak would definitely be the guy that could turn this franchise around, as Giannis’ upside is off the charts and he’s definitely going to win an MVP award if he continues to flourish as a dominant two-way player like he’s done over his first couple of seasons.
So, after getting tired of losing in Milwaukee, the New York Knicks would try to tempt him to join Kristaps in 2021, providing him with all the liberty he needs with the rock in his hands to take the team to a whole new dimension.
To be honest, the Milwaukee Bucks is a small market team for a player like Giannis, and only big markets like Los Angeles or New York will be a good fit for him.