Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the New York Knicks to get you started:
|Stadium:||Madison Square Garden|
|Colours:||Blue, orange, white, silver & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Walt Bellamy, Bill Bradley, Carl Braun, Maurice Cheeks, Nathaniel Clifton, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Harry Gallatin, Tom Gola, Richie Guerin, Spencer Haywood, Jason Kidd, Bernard King, Jerry Lucas, Slater Martin, Bob McAdoo, Tracy McGrady, Dick McGuire, Earl Monroe, Dikembe Mutombo, Willis Reed & Paul Westphal|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Larry Brown, Red Holzman, Don Nelson, Rick Pitino, Pat Riley & Lenny Wilkens|
|Rivals:||Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers & Miami Heat|
|Legends:||Allan Houston, Charles Oakley, Bill Bradley, Harry Gallatin, Bernard King, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier & Patrick Ewing|
|Retired Numbers:||10, 12, 15, 15, 19, 22, 24, 33, 613|
|NBA Championships:||2: 1970 & 1973|
The New York Knickerbockers, formed in 1946 and commonly referred to as the Knicks, are one of the most famous sports teams on the planet. Forbes Magazine has the Knicks ranked as the most valuable NBA franchise and 3rd most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $4.6 billion.
Owned by the Madison Square Garden Company, the Knicks play in the World’s Most Famous Arena, in the heart of New York City; Madison Square Garden, which can seat 19,812 fans, ranking 7th in the NBA.
The Knicks saw early success, winning the first ever game of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) 68-66 over the Toronto Huskies in 1946. The Knicks reached the playoffs in the BAA’s inaugural season, and went on to make the playoffs the next nine seasons.
Prior to the 1950 season, the Knicks made history by becoming the first team to sign an African-American player to a contract, Sweetwater Clifton. That season started a three year streak of winning the Eastern Division and making The Finals, however they weren’t able to win a championship during this stretch.
From 1956 to 1966, the Knicks only managed to make the playoffs once, but in 1964 they drafted Willis Reed, who would help turn the team’s fate around. Reed won Rookie of the Year and led the Knicks to nine straight playoff appearances.
In the 1970 playoffs the Knicks beat Baltimore Bullets and Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs before facing the Los Angeles Lakers in The Finals. An injured Willis Reed limped onto the court to start the deciding game 7, scoring the Knicks first two baskets and inspiring the Knicks to win their first ever Championship. Willis Reed was named Finals MVP, becoming the first player to win MVP, All Star MVP and Finals MVP in the same season.
The Knicks would lose in the Eastern Conference Finals and The Finals in the following two seasons, before defeating the Lakers in the 1973 Finals to win the franchise’s second championship. Willis Reed won Finals MVP again, however after the 1974 season he announced his retirement, starting a downward spiral for the Knicks.
The Knicks would only make the playoffs four times in the following 12 seasons, yet the silver lining would be winning the first ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985, selecting Patrick Ewing with the 1st pick.
Ewing was unable to make the playoffs his first two seasons, but this turned around in the 1987-88 season with the hiring of Rick Pitino as coach and drafting guard Mark Jackson who went on to win Rookie of the Year. The pairing of Jackson with Ewing saw the team make the playoffs in Pitino’s first season and would make the playoffs for 13 straight seasons including that year, highlighted by two Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999, however they were unable to add a third championship for the franchise.
The year of 2000 saw the end of the Ewing Era in New York as he was traded to Seattle, starting the undoing of the team, who only made the playoffs twice in the following 10 seasons.
During this time the Knicks were handed their third worst defeat in history, a 104-59 loss to the Celtics in 2007 and went on to have their eighth straight season with a losing record, tying a franchise worst 23-59.
There were worrying signs in 2009 when the Knicks started the season with their worst first 10 game record in franchise history with just one win to nine losses. The Knicks continued to struggle, suffering their second worst loss and worst home loss in franchise history, going down by 50 points to the Dallas Mavericks.
But with new coach Mike D’Antoni and a good young core, the focus remained the 2010 free agency period where the Knicks were aiming for stars like LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, however the three joined forces in Miami and the Knicks ended up signing perennial All Star A’mare Stoudemire.
The team continued to improve under D’Antoni however the front office wanted immediate return, trading its young core for Superstar Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. The team, now led by Anthony & Stoudamire, made the playoffs for the first time since 2004, however were swept by the Celtics in the first round in the 2011 playoffs.
Anthony & Stoudamire would lead New York three straight playoff appearances, with their journey including highlights such as Linsanity in 2012 and a 13 game winning streak in 2012-13, the third longest in franchise history. Despite this success, the team never made it out of the second round,
This would be the last time the Knicks would make the playoffs up until today and just two seasons later in 2014-15, the Knicks would have a low mark in franchise history, posting the franchises longest losing streak in its 69-season history of 16 losses, and the franchises lowest winning record for a season of just 17-65.
The Stoudamire and Knicks pairing ended with the star’s contract being bought out, with a focus on the future drafting little known European prospect Kristaps Porzingis in 2015. With the team seeing dwindling results and focus towards the future and Porzingis, Carmelo requested a trade, seeing the Knicks fully embrace a rebuild around a young core.
The team continued to turn in losing seasons and Porzingis, disgruntled with the front office, eventually requested a trade from the team, leaving the Knicks with young underdeveloped players and older veterans who preferred to be playing for contenders.
The Knicks have been targeting the draft for years now, hoping to select a superstar to propel them back up the standings, however they’ve had six coaches in as many seasons and are struggling to pose themselves as a threat any time in the near future.
This last season saw the Knicks finish with a 21-45 record, finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference.
After finishing with the sixth worst record in the league and having a 9.0% chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery, thus receiving the first pick, Knicks fans were again left shattered. The lottery balls were not in New York’s favour, with them sliding down two spots to the eighth pick.
The Knicks took Obi Toppin with the pick and while he didn’t have a massive impact on the team, New York finally made themselves relevant. The Knicks were one of the best home teams all season, turning The Garden into a fortress.
Their exceptional play, behind 2021 Most Improved Player Julius Randle and mid-season trade acquisition Derrick Rose, earned them fourth place in the East, making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Unfortunately for the Knicks they were no match for Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, losing 4-1 in the first round.
The New York Knicks overshot all expectations last year. After years of being the laughing stock of all the NBA, the Knicks managed to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The team was projected to win 21 games coming into last season and finished as the 4th seed. Despite losing to the Hawks in the first round, Knicks fans now have something that no Knicks fan has had in years – hope.
A large part of the Knicks success can be directed to their head coach Tom Thibodeau who took the Knicks to the playoffs and a much improved 41-31 last season, all of which winning him Coach of the Year in the 2020-21 season. Thibs brings defensive toughness and a win-at-all-costs mentality to the Knicks, proven in the numbers where the team finished top 3 in defensive rating (at 108.2) and the lowest points allowed in the season at 7,540.
The Knicks front office, led by GM Scott Perry and President Leon Rose, had quite a satisfying offseason. The team did see some of their key rotational guys go to free agency, losing Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton, and Frank Ntilikina. Fortunately, the positives outweigh the value lost in free agency (a principle not typically seen with the Knicks) as they were able to bring in 4 time all-star point guard Kemba Walker to a team friendly 2 year/ $17.9 million contract and savvy shooting guard-small forward Evan Fournier to 4 years /$78 million.
Most notably, the front office managed to retain their core guys that led them back to the playoffs. Perry extended their star forward Julius Randle to 4 years/ $117 million after his all-nba and Most Improved Player season. The team also re-signed Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel.
Winning Most Improved Player and making the playoffs for the first time in the same year means a lot of the credit for the team’s success went to power forward Julius Randle. The 6’8 forward averaged a career high in points, rebounds, assists, 3P%, and steals, with 24.1 pts, 10.2 reb, 6 assists on an impressive 41.1% from 3.
He made the all-star team at the age of 26 and this upcoming season, the Knicks will continue to look to Randle as a primary ball handler and superb inside-out player but expect his team-high 29.2% usage rate to possibly lower as he accommodates for the new acquisitions in Walker and Fournier, and his emerging young teammate, RJ Barret.
The front office bought in some offensive firepower when they signed ex-Celtic guards Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. Both can give you 20 points a night and bring a perimeter shot creating ability not seen before on the Knicks since Carmelo Anthony. Kemba undoubtedly underperformed with the Celtics during the playoffs, never averaging over 20 points and even shooting an abysmal 17.6% 3P and 31.7% FG.
Many would say Walker had to play behind Tatum and Brown, though this gives us a glimpse of how Kemba plays behind other stars. However, Walker can still take a bigger role in the Knicks’ offense behind probably just Randle. This means we can expect Kemba’s signature pull-up jump shots to be injected into the Knick’s gritty-style offense.
RJ Barrett already had an impressive sophomore season, putting up improved numbers all across the board with 17.6 pts, 5.8 reb, and 3 ast on a great clip (40.1% 3P). Barrett’s ceiling is yet to be reached though, the 21 year old has much to offer on both sides of the ball.
He was 2nd in his team in scoring and this shows if you watch a Knicks game as he is quite assertive on a veteran-filled team, using his body to get to his spots. It’s more than possible that we see Barrett continue to progress and improve his numbers.
The Knicks opened betting for the 2020-21 NBA Championship with the equal-worst odds in the league, +25000. Their surprisingly good play meant they shot up the standings but still, their odds remained large.
Once the Knicks qualified for the playoffs and even hosted an opening round series, they began gaining some action and saw their odds come in but they were defeated 4-1 by the Hawks in the first round, despite being favorites to win the series.
New York’s exceptional turn around, exceeding the expectations of all, saw them finish as the best team against the spread all season. Their 45-26-1 record was 2.5 games clear of the next best team, going 22-13-1 at home and 23-13 on the road.
The reason the Knicks played so well was their low-scoring defense. This meant that they had a lot of games go UNDER, finishing with the equal-third worst O/U record in the league, 32-40.
Still got some burning questions about the New York Knicks? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below!
Where do the New York Knicks play?
The Knicks play their home games at Madison Square Garden.
Who owns the New York Knicks?
The Madison Square Garden Company owns the New York Knicks.
How many NBA Championships have the New York Knicks won?
The Knicks have won two NBA championships (1970 & 1973).
Who is the New York Knicks coach?
Tom Thibodeau is the head coach of the Knicks. He was hired after the 2019-20 season.
Do the New York Knicks play tonight?
Are you wondering if the New York Knicks are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about the New York Knicks! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.
What is the New York Knicks record?
The Knicks had a 41-31 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the New York Knicks win last night?
Fans of the New York Knicks are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much is the New York Knicks worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Knicks are worth an NBA high $4.6 billion.
Who do the New York Knicks play tonight?
With back to backs and games every other night, things change pretty quickly in the NBA. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Knicks play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the New York Knicks?
You can catch the Knicks in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV channels like ESPN, TNT or MSG Network.
Will the New York Knicks make the playoffs this year?
The New York Knicks made the playoffs in 2021, the first time since 2013. Not only did they make the playoffs but their 41-31 record earned them fourth place in the East and a home opening round playoff series. Unfortunately the Hawks eliminated them in five.
When do the New York Knicks play?
New York Knicks fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.
Where did the New York Knicks finish the season?
The Knicks finished the 2020-21 NBA season in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
How many games did the New York Knicks win?
The Knicks won 41 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the New York Knicks?
The NBA expert picks for the New York Knicks in the 2021 / 2022 season is yet to be determined, but make sure you check our page regularly as we crunch all the numbers and stats to get awesome expert NBA picks for our readers.
Still looking for more? Well, you are in luck! We have detailed analysis of every team in the NBA. All you need to do is click on one of the team links below, and we take care of the rest for you: