Knicks & # 39; Mid Season Grades: It will be difficult in the second half


If this isn't the worst list in the NBA after Marcus Morris's drop, it's very close to it.

Ironically, this colorful Knicks collection was the original Plan C after the hopes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard had evaporated.

By chance, Morris fell into her lap when Reggie Bullock lost his physical place and the place for the cap was opened. Now Morris is gone and the Knicks' prognosis after the All-Star break is a full-blown tank festival when the new President Leon Rose is soon named.

At 17-38 years old, the annual All Star break report card does not contain a player who has earned as much as a B minus. As tempting as it was, you won't find an "F" because no player who did the NBA is a mistake.

The Knicks will likely leave the playoffs for the seventh season in a row – thereby tying up their franchise record for the senselessness of the playoff drought. Read it for another year and cry.

Elfrid Payton: C +

The starting point keeper has had a decent season – a handful of great theft, penetration, and gimmick games. The Knicks have been better since he returned from thigh strain after a 17-game absence. But his perimeter shoot is a big problem (23.7 percent) and it works better as a backup.

Dennis Smith Jr: D-

His regression was one of the most disappointing parts of the season. He left the team for two weeks in late October after his stepmother passed away and never got his mojo up and running. Turnover, a still shaky 3-point shot (29.2 percent) and a below-average defense triggered a bad season for the most important capital in the trade with Kristaps Porzingis.

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RJ Barrett: C +

There is enough talent, instinct to get to the basket and moxie at age 19 so as not to rule out potential all-star skills. But he needs to improve his 3-point shot and free throw (31.8 percent and 61 percent, respectively). The number 3 of the Knicks did not fulfill its design position.

Damyean Dotson: C +

The player from the second round of 2017 and the longest serving player (with Frank Ntilikina) started slowly and missed the preparatory games after shoulder surgery. Slowly but surely he fell off the bench and provided energy, defense and occasional 3-point shooting. But he has to be more constant from 3 to compensate for his lack of ball handling skills for a security guard. It is a pity that the Houston product could not work on it in the summer.

Bobby Portis: D +

The Knicks heavily overpaid the former bulls who shot a big man from the outside with $ 15 million. He had some great moments, but was ultimately not consistent enough on both ends. As a ball stopper and a mediocre passer-by, his 3-point shooting must be better than 34 percent. Portis won't be back.

Wayne Ellington: C-

The 3-point journeyman specialist went for the money ($ 8 million) – and the Knicks gave him a lot – to shoot 34 percent of 3. But he was a strong leader and showed the young players how to put extra time into work on their craft. Has considered accepting a buyout.

Frank Ntilikina: D +

Management has opted for the fourth year of his rookie contract, but he has made little improvement as a shooter and still cannot penetrate consistently. The percentages are still miserable – 38.4 percent shoot, 30.2 percent out of 3. Still just a defensive specialist.

Taj Gibson: C +

Has held the job at the launch center and has taken on admirable leadership roles as mentor and mentor for Mitchell Robinson.

Kevin Knox: D-

Smith Jr.'s alarming relapse after a promising rookie year. Neither David Fizdale nor Mike Miller started their lottery choice for 2018, and his confidence has been shot. His average of 6.8 points is a farce because he occasionally disappears without touching the ball. His slight increase in defensive stubbornness does not make up for his shortcomings in the rating. It hurts even more to see that Charlotte's Miles Bridges, which she took a strong 9th place win, only win Rising Stars MVP.

Julius Randle: C.

Robust Power Forward's rating has risen and fallen since Miller acquired it, but now that Morris is trading, it is ill-equipped to be the # 1 option / closer. The traditional numbers look good (19.3 points, 9.6 rebounds), but Randle had to take a step forward in his 3-point shoot and he went back. The $ 63 million man shoots 26 percent of 3 – and hits 3 of his last 34 in the last 12 games. In addition, his defense is consistently below average.

Reggie Bullock: C +

After missing out on the part of the 2019 schedule that had been rehabilitated after a spinal fusion operation and dealt with his sister's death, the Swingman was immediately offensive and defensive from January 1. Miller fell in love with him. His 3-point shooting has dropped recently – to 33 percent. But he's her best full-back and an average of 26 minutes at Knox's expense.

Allonzo Trier: D.

Last season's celebrated rookie fell off the map. Nobody is sure of the turning point, but he hasn't been rotating all season – his unwillingness as a passerby to catch up with him. Trier, nicknamed "IsoZo", has left a strong cheerleader on the bench due to his death.

Mitchell Robinson: C +

He does what he does sensationally – putback dunks, alley-oop slams, blocking shots, rim protection. But he's still too limited offensively. He doesn't even have a hook shot. He fouls too often and is occasionally out of position. Still, there is a lot to do here to develop into a great force, and it is stealing an election in the second round.

Kadeem Allen: C +

Anyone who has signed a two-way contract was only competent in his ten games as a playmaker, shooter and defender. However, the club has three young point guards that need to be assessed first.

Ignas Brazdeikas: Incomplete

The choice for the second round of 2019 from Michigan didn't stand a chance at all (nine games) – buried in the G-League, where it has become more efficient and productive. The 6-foot-6 wing with an average of 22.6 points for minors now has to play despite its defensive deficiencies.

Trainer Mike Miller: B-

Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute (he has been given an F) does not like Miller, but the fans. The interim tag is not removed, but he has trained this squad. His record is 13-20 after Fizdale flopped 4-18. The structure he brought to the defense is obvious. They share the ball more and, thanks to Miller's strategic steps, are better final games. And he was forced to be the franchise spokesman amidst the chaos in the front office. But he has to go against his nature and play the young players more, even if they fight.

Acting President Scott Perry: C-

The Knicks GM directs the show after Steve Mills' ax and did well in the Morris deal with the franchise, which was still holding on to a full makeover. Perry's free agent signings in July aren't over yet, and the Knox selection looks grim. The Robinson selection is a feather in his hat and Perry's insistence on staying in third place to snap Barrett could still turn out to be good. Perry prepared new President Leon Rose well for the June draft, with possibly three picks in the top 35. The question is whether Perry and his scouts will be in the war room to do the picks.