Can the Knicks run with the best teams in the NBA?

Julius Randle, Knicks. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Julius Randle, Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks, Immanuel Quickley, Knicks. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

Where do the Knicks stack up?

At this point, it’s going to be impossible to look back on this season as a Knicks fan and be disappointed. As I mentioned earlier, the narrative of this team and who they are has evolved seemingly every month. They are the 4th best team in the Eastern Conference and we are just over 2 weeks away from the playoffs.

I do believe that they are still a tier below the best teams in the NBA. We’re going to start seeing some of the tough competition very soon.

We’ve seen the stretches of play where teams will play zone defense against the Knicks or double Randle and force other players to create their own shot. A lot of the time, these stretches haven’t turned out well for New York.

I do think this team has made some nice adjustments to their offense, but I’m not sure it’s enough to put them in the “elite” category. It’s not just about minimizing the flaws, it’s about erasing them entirely because the playoffs are a whole different animal – you can’t afford long periods of play where your offense can’t score.

Even with the stout defense, the Knicks are going to be facing some superstars. Reggie Bullock has been a great defender all year and got cooked by Devin Booker a week ago.

In my mind, the Knicks are exactly where they should be. They are easily the 4th or 5th best team in the Eastern Conference, and I believe they have a great chance of winning a playoff series. It’s remarkable to think about.

This team may not be competing for a championship but they’re going to make life extremely difficult for whoever they play. This is a young team. The foundation is set and the New York Knicks are not far away from becoming contenders.

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