NY Knicks: Predicting the Eastern Conference playoff seeding

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NY Knicks — Playoff seedings: Knicks #3, Bulls #4

Folks, I have put our New York Knicks all over the standings in trying to come up with projections, but I have finally settled on the 7 seed. Please do not come at me, I’m trying to put my bias aside.

The only real key piece the Knicks lost from last year was Reggie Bullock (and of course have to throw Theo Pinson in here), which I actually think was a good thing because Evan Fournier is an upgrade in my eyes.

Fournier averaged 17.1 points and shot 41.3% from three whereas Bullock averaged 10.9 points and shot 41% from three. Not to mention Bullock, along with the majority of the roster looked like they forgot how to play basketball and defense in the playoffs versus Atlanta.

Last season reality set in for New York once the Atlanta Hawks came to town and we may not have wanted to, but I think we all expected it. Our ceiling was never to go far in the playoffs, but did this offseason change that?

We may not be title contenders just yet, but a starting five of Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitch Robinson gives me some comfort.

I don’t think the Knicks will get to the four seed again, and that is due to the East Conference getting better across the board.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Chicago Bulls after the offseason they just had. Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso join the exciting Bulls and could very well make a little playoff run.

Zach Lavine and recently added, Nikola Vucevic are two All-Stars who missed out on the playoffs last year, but that will undoubtedly change this upcoming season.

The Bulls, like the Knicks, have been considered a rebuilding team for quite some time, but that era looks like it is over.

They have a very talented roster now has expectations to compete for a playoff spot and the only reason I don’t have them higher is because of how competitive the East is.

So even if they do have to play in the play-in games, mark them down as a definite to come out of it.