The Knicks have once again managed to disappoint their entire fan base this summer. With $70 million in cap space and the allure of bringing one or two of the NBA’s biggest stars to The Garden, the Knicks ended up with Julius Randle and a slew of veteran rotation players.
In classic Knicks fashion the seemingly impossible managed to happen within day one of 2019 Free Agency. After a year of nothing but losing, every Knicks fan was certain it was for a summer of nothing but wins for the future of our franchise….. Wrong. Knicks fans were hoodwinked, bamboozled and run-amok by our franchise and “Governor” James Dolan. Although it seems all hope is lost at the moment, we need to accept (hopefully) only two more years of trying to win the lottery, obtaining even more young talent while dreaming about the potential jackpot the summer of 2021 may bring.
RJ Barrett now has the weight of the entire city on his shoulders. Barrett must prove to this franchise, the fans and the rest of the league that he can step into our dumpster fire of a team and show everyone why he was once the #1 recruit in his class, ahead of Zion. If RJ can play to his true potential with lethal scoring ability and high-IQ he would be looked at as a perfect sidekick for big name free agents in two summers.
The Knicks will likely still have to max-contract slots in the summer of 2021, with a Free Agent class consisting of top talents such as reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, 3rd place MVP candidate Paul George, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum, DPOY Rudy Gobert AND Anthony Davis all becoming Unrestricted Free Agents. If this young Knicks core continues to develop with RJ Barrett blossoming into a young superstar the Knicks will look more enticing than ever for these top talents. The 2021 free agent class also features an impressive list of young stars that will become Restricted Free Agents with players such as Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox & Lauri Markkanen to name a few.
With a young core consisting of Mitchell Robinson(21), Dennis Smith Jr(21), RJ Barrett(19), Allonzo Trier(23), Kevin Knox(19) and at least one-two more lottery picks the Knicks will have a skilled young roster primed to land a superstar. Another new addition to the Knicks came from singing Free Agent PF Julius Randle. Coming off the best season of his young career, the 24 year old averaged 21.4pts, 8.7rebs and 3.1ast, controlling the paint during Anthony Davis’ absence. The only player to average these numbers while shooting 52% or better from the field, 2018-19 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Randle could quickly establish himself as the perfect fit to anchor the post next to Mitchell Robinson giving the Knicks two athletic, young big-men who can score at will.
As us fans know all too well, nothing is ever certain with the Knicks. We must attempt to move forward while looking ahead to the summer of 2021 to be the year our luck finally changes. Let us pray that James Dolan sells the team by that time and we can finally bring some competence to the current disaster of a franchise we love so dearly. Until then, our faith hangs on RJ Barrett and the rest of our young talents to prove The Garden is truly the mecca and should be the top choice for every major free agent two summers from now.