NBA 2019-20: 3 reasons why the New York Knicks are struggling so much right now
The New York Knicks have been one of the most underperfoming teams in the NBA in recent years. Despite playing in a marquee market like New York, the Knicks have failed to make much of an impact on the court.
The Knicks last made the playoffs in the 2013 season, where they lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They have never looked like a playoff team after that season.
Last season, the Knicks finished with the worst record in the NBA; they ended the season with a 17-65 win-loss record. Their luck didn't even support them in the lottery and they ended with the third pick in the draft, and lost their chance on Zion Williamson.
The Knicks are again having a very bad year and will mostly likely be a very high end lottery team. They have a 2-8 record and are the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
Here are the 3 reasons why the New York Knicks are struggling so much right now:
#3 Zero superstar power in the roster
The Knicks currently have no superstar in their lineup. Their roster is comprised of young and veteran players, but none of the them is capable of being even close to an All-Star level.
The Knicks traded their best franchise building block in the form of Kristaps Porzingis at the trade deadline to create cap space. Porzingis was one player that had superstar potential and was capable of changing the game on both ends. But his trade left the Knicks with very little to work on.
R J Barrett looks like a good piece to build around but he is still in his rookie year and needs to improve a lot to become an All-star player. Julius Randle was a good acquisition in the off-season but he seems to be a one-dimensional player.
To put it simply, the Knicks don't possess a roster to compete for the top spot.