New York Knicks Roster & Starting Lineup with Julius Randle

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Getty New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle  The New York Knicks suffered initial disappointment on the opening day of free agency While the Brooklyn Nets snagged both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Knicks fans were flabbergasted  What was expected to bring the franchise back to its glory days, slipped away like a Thanos snap of the finger  Luckily the Knicks did not fold and the team signed aging vets past their prime. Instead, New York inked a slew of hard-working role players and by doing so also obtained team options in the final year of those contracts  It’s likely that the New York Knicks won’t be title contenders this year and the NBA’s Eastern Conference is quite competitive Knicks head coach, David Fizdale will have a bunch of guys to work with and this will be a huge test for him Acquisitions will continue in the offseason, but here’s an early look at the potential rotation: PG: Dennis Smith Jr , Elfrid Payton SG: R.J. Barrett, Allonzo Trier SF: Kevin Knox, Reggie Bullock PF: Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Noah Vonleh C: Mitchell Robinson, Bobby Portis  Mary Altaffer / Associated Press  Frank Ntilikina spent much of last season hampered by injury, will once again be competing for minutes His defensive awareness and capability have always stood out. Now it’s time to see if he’s taken the next step offensively  Overall, the Knicks sport a young team that should be able to get up and down the floor There are obvious defensive concerns, but Coach Fizdale will have to implement good schemes to keep everyone active   GettyNew York Knicks huddle  Randle is coming off career bests in points per game (21 4), field goal attempts per game (14.9) and three-point percentage per game (34.4) as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans He will look to continue some of that productivity with this team. Outside of Randle, the offense should be free-flowing with teammates getting each other involved It’s imperative the young guys continue to get reps to prepare themselves for the future  “It’s a dream come true to me,’’ Julius Randle said yesterday at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada  In order for this team to not be an embarrassment, they’re counting on Barrett to be productive while Knox and Mitchell improve from their rookie seasons As a borderline League Pass team, the Knicks development will be a sight to see all season long

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