The New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers by the score of 125-104 on Tuesday night to kick off preseason action. While the final results of these games are ultimately meaningless, it’s still intriguing to see how the team operated with two new additions to the starting lineup.
Despite no player recording over 30 minutes, every single Knicks starter scored at least 12 points. This includes Taj Gibson, who filled in for Nerlens Noel and will likely be the third-string center on opening night.
The new backcourt of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier combined for 24 points and 5 assists while shooting 44.4% from the field. Not to mention returning starters Julius Randle and RJ Barrett led the way 20 and 17 points, respectively.
Suffice to say, the Knicks’ offense is going to be much better this year.
3 reasonable expectations for the New York Knicks
While they may no longer be the top-5 defensive team they were in 2020-21, they’ll almost certainly rank higher than last season’s marks of 26th in scoring and 23rd in offensive rating.
Defense is always going to be paramount on any Tom Thibodeau-coached team, but the Knicks will likely win games based on their improved ability to score.
With that being said, the team as a whole should strive to achieve these three goals if they want to further improve on last season’s win total and finally rank among the league’s best offenses.