The New York Knicks slightly move up in latest NBA power rankings.
Bleacher Report have released their latest NBA power rankings and the New York Knicks are in a fair position.
With an 8-6 record heading into a big Friday night match-up with the Toronto Raptors, the Knicks came in at no. 17 this week after moving up three spots.
Here’s what B/R wrote about the Knicks:
Teamwise, the Knicks were so close to posting a breakthrough week. Ntilikina and Enes Kanter stood up to James on Monday, seemingly signaling to the league that New York’s doormat days were finished. And then the Cavs erased a 23-point third-quarter deficit and stole a win at Madison Square Garden.
Imagine the impact of that boast if the Knicks had held on to win?
To be fair, they did beat the Cavs by 19 back on Oct. 29. This one would have been sweeter, though.
New York went 2-1 this week, sits at 8-6 overall and is very much enjoyinglife after the tyranny of the triangle.
Finally, a shoutout to Tim Hardaway Jr., who went for 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Cavs, followed by 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in Wednesday’s 106-101 win over the Utah Jazz. He’ll have to keep this up to justify his contract, but Hardaway is in a solid stretch.
The Knicks are above teams like New Orleans Pelicans (no. 18) and Los Angeles Clippers (no. 19). They’re right behind the Orlando Magic (no. 16) and Memphis Grizzlies (no. 15).
The Knicks have some tough match-ups over the next week with two meetings with the Raptors and games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets.
We’ll soon have a good idea on how good the Knicks are this season.