Coming off a disappointing 2013-14 season that led to the New York Knicks only one 37 games, resulting in the dismissal of former head coach Mike Woodson and finally replacing him with Derek Fisher, any improvement next season would be welcome during Fisher’s first season on the bench.
Looking at the current Knicks team, Fisher sees some improvement for sure.
Fold ESPN 98.7 that he believes the team can improve by 8-10 wins as currently constructed, writes Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
“In my opinion, I believe that success and failure are not as far apart as people think. It’s pretty close. And when you think about [the Knicks] winning 37 games a year ago, there are a number of things that you can isolate with the same exact roster that can provide 8-10 more wins without a change of any kind,”
That’s a bit optimistic, but likely doable. At least Fisher didn’t make a foolish statement like calling his current roster championship contenders.
If they get to 45 wins next season they would likely be in the running for the fifth or sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. But that is also provided the Knicks roster buys into what Fisher is selling.
However while Fisher is optimistic at what he sees, this roster will likely be much worse by the time he makes his coaching debut.
They will likely be without superstar Carmelo Anthony and don’t have any salary cap space or draft picks currently to improve the current group.
However while an 8-10 win improvement won’t get this Knicks team into title contention, after suffering though last season if you would offer that to almost any Knicks fan out there they would certainly take it.