NY Knicks: 4 Players who could make or break the 2020-21 season

New York Knicks Dennis Smith Jr. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The NY Knicks head into next season with both new and returning players, many of which could help the team potentially contend for the playoffs.

The New York Knicks enter the upcoming 2020-21 season with minimal expectations after operating frugally throughout the shortened offseason, revealing that the front office is mainly focused on next summer’s free agency period.

New head coach Tom Thibodeau has been tasked with getting the most out of a squad that finished 21-45 back in March. Last year’s Knicks ranked 28th in offensive rating, 29th in total points per game, and 25th in field goal percentage.

With just over 9 months since the team last played a regular season game, it’s currently unknown as to how impressive or depressive they’ll be.

One thing is for certain: Thibodeau is going to push the young squad as far as they can go. This could be just what the doctor ordered for a team that went through years of laid-back coaches such as Derek Fisher, Jeff Hornacek, and David Fizdale.

Some players will show that they’re up for the challenge of turning around the franchise, and others will fail to stand out and prove that they belong in a crowd of youth and talent.

Here are 4 players that are pivotal to the success of next season’s New York Knicks team.