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Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Knicks

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The Knicks’ miserable season was made more interesting with a blockbuster trade on January 31. They sent Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee to the Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wes Matthews, and the Mavericks’ 1st round picks in 2021 and 2023. With Jordan and Matthews on the last year of their contracts, the move was mainly to open up cap space for potential free agents and to unload an unhappy Porzingis. What the Knicks accomplish during the off-season will determine whether the trade was a good or bad move. It’s impossible to know for sure what will happen, but one can speculate on what the best and worst case scenarios may be.

The first thing the Knicks must do to achieve the best possible outcome is to continue losing. If they end up with one of the three worst records in the NBA, they will have a 14% chance of getting the number one pick in the draft. Assuming the Knicks win the draft lottery, it is almost certain that they will pick Zion Williamson of Duke, considered by virtually every NBA analyst to be the best current college basketball player and one of the best prospects ever.

With Williamson on the roster, Knicks may appear more appealing to free agents and may entice two of the best players, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving to join forces to bring a championship to Madison Square Garden. Better yet, the injury-prone Porzingis does not contribute for the Mavericks, and Hardaway Jr. continues chucking the ball at below 40% shooting percentage, dooming the Mavericks to a miserable record, and turning the 2021 and 2023 1st rounders into lottery picks that Knicks use to strengthen the team into a dynasty.

To anyone following the Knicks, the best-case scenarios never happen. Most Knick fans are cautiously optimistic at best, with most fearing more misery. Although finishing with a terrible record this season should be obtainable, getting the number one pick is still unlikely. Even with the worst record, the Knicks may end up with the 4th pick, and be shut out from other top prospects like Ja Morant of Murray State and RJ Barrett of Duke. More importantly, getting top free agents like Durant and Irving seems like an unrealistic dream considering the Knicks have had no luck in the past in attracting top talent to come to New York. It appears more likely that Knicks will overpay for leftover talent willing to play for cash. It will surprise no one if the Knicks are unable to sign any top level talent, even free agents like Jimmy Butler or Kemba Walker. It seems more realistic to think that Carmelo Anthony will quit his job at Starbucks and suit up for the Knicks next year. Hopefully, that won’t happen, and the Knicks can turn it around and win a championship in the near future.

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Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Knicks