The NY Knicks have exceeded expectations. Our writers reflect on the biggest takeaways from the season in the latest Daily Knicks roundtable.
The NY Knicks have posted a top-three defensive rating and currently sit within the top eight spots in the Eastern Conference. Just a guess, but this was probably not what the Vegas oddsmakers had in mind when they tabbed the orange and blue to finish with 22 wins and in 14th place in the East. But leave it to head coach Tom Thibodeau, as he has his team raising expectations and giving hope to a fanbase that has seen enough mediocrity to last a lifetime.
Even without fans in Madison Square Garden for most of the season, there’s been plenty of excitement with the Knicks. Julius Randle’s All-Star selection, the Derrick Rose trade, and the impressive play of rookie Immanuel Quickley have all been top stories this season. And with the playoffs within arms reach, the Knicks might actually be buyers at the trade deadline with hopes of giving their fans postseason basketball for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.
To summarize the first half of this NY Knicks season, Daily Knicks enlisted four writers for a midseason roundtable including Bradley Dressler, Adam Kester, Max Hoover, and Jeremy Goldstein. Let’s review the first half of the season.