A look at the first edition of Stock Up, Stock Down for the New York Knicks. The following statistics do not factor Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Welcome to Daily Knicks’ first weekly edition of “Stock Up, Stock Down” for the New York Knicks. Every week check-in as we reflect on the week prior and see whose stock is soaring and whose is sinking.
Stock Up: Interim Head Coach Mike Miller
Rumors started to pop up this week of potential candidates if the team needed to make another head coaching change this season, but Mike Miller is making his case to drop interim off his title.
The New York Knicks were 2-2 on the week under Miller, while winning two games in a row for the first time all season. Despite Sunday ending in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks played a competitive game and led in the fourth quarter but the offense stagnated down the stretch and couldn’t hit a basket.
Early into his first NBA head coaching job Miller can still use this loss as a learning experience. Frank Ntilikina and Taj Gibson led the Knicks in plus/minus but did not touch the floor in the final 6 minutes and 45 seconds of the game, even though the current cast on the floor could only score seven points in that time. That’s including the 5 garbage time points scored in the final minute of the game.
Excluding the 4th quarter blunder Miller seems to have a good grasp on this team, as the Knicks have played some of its most inspiring ball of the season this week. Despite not being a flashy name like Tom Thibodeau or Mark Jackson, Miller certainly has the background to be a successful head coach.
Miller was the head coach of the Westchester Knicks for four seasons compiling a winning record of 108-92, while being named the 2017-2018 G-League Coach of the Year. The NBA has already seen successful former G-League head coaches in the league like Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse and Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder
If the Knicks were smart they would keep Mike Miller around for the rest of the season because he already has the Knicks doing something David Fizdale couldn’t. Win.
Honorable Mention: Julius Randle
In a week where the Knicks played consistently good basketball, Julius Randle was a consistently good scorer. He ended the week nearly averaging a double double with 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Randle is surprisingly leading the Knicks in field goal percentage (minimum 6 shots attempted per game) this season. It was a good bounce back week for the vet after missing a game tying free throw against the Pacers last week.