The preseason is going to be interesting for the New York Knicks
New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale was brought in to shake things up going forward and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
With training camp kicking off, Fizdale told the media on Tuesday that every starting spot is up for grabs going forward, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Knicks coach David Fizdale says that all five starting spots are open at the outset of training camp.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 25, 2018
This makes complete sense with Kristaps Porzingis likely to miss the entire season as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL.
This is once again a season for the Knicks to tank, so if Fizdale feels like his younger players deserve to start, then that is the direction that he’ll go in.
The most important thing is that point guard Frank Ntilikina and rookie forward Kevin Knox improve over the next year.
It would also be nice if guys like Trey Burke and Mitchell Robinson show some potential as well.
Burke had a nice season for the Knicks in 2017-18 after starting out in Westchester. But he still has to prove that he belongs in the NBA after playing for two teams prior to coming to New York. His career has been too much of a rollercoaster.
Robinson has been getting rave reviews already from Fizdale as well as Burke.
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 25, 2018
Mitchell’s trainer, Marcel Scott, believes he’ll become a starting midway through the upcoming season.
“I knew once they saw Mitchell on the court and saw all the stuff he brings to the table, the G-League would be eliminated from the conversation. I honestly think at the halfway mark, at the All-Star break, Mitch will be starting,” said Scott via the NY Post.
The only guy you could argue has to start is Tim Hardaway Jr., after the Knicks gave him a lot of money over a year ago as a free agent.
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h/t Hoops Hype
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