After a surprising season, the NY Knicks are on a path towards both relevancy and hopefully, title contention.
Going into last season there wasn’t a whole lot to be optimistic about, but essentially the same roster that went 21-45 which was only good enough for the 12th seed ended up not only making the playoffs but hosting a 1st round series in Madison Square Garden.
There were a lot of surprises last season in regards to how certain players performed, most notably Julius Randle.
His first season with the Knicks was lackluster at best.
So much so that my very first article with Daily Knicks was a piece discussing 3 trades that the team could consider, all including Randle.
His contract was viewed as a bit of an albatross and I thought that a team looking to rebuild and develop their younger players like Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett would be better off cutting ties with an “older” player like Julius.
Who do you think will lead the NY Knicks in assists this season?
At that point, it seemed as if Randle would fit best in a role where he was surrounded by shooters and playmakers far better than he was so that he wouldn’t have to be a focal point of an offense.
Or as a 6th man off of the bench, same as he was when he saw his most success as a professional when he was with the Pelicans.
Julius took the criticism into the long, pandemic-induced offseason and used it as fuel to his fire, and became last year’s Most Improved Player.
Not only did he lead the team in most of the prominent statistical categories like points, rebounds, and assists…but he did so while being named to his first All-Star game as well.
The 6’9 Power Forward has always been a great scorer of the basketball and has been a solid rebounder since his days at Kentucky.
The most surprising stat to me was his team-leading 6 assists per game.
With a revamped offense as well as some key players being brought back from last year’s magical season, who do you think could lead the team in assists this season?