The Knicks underwent a roster makeover this year, bringing in nine new players with a plan to win now with age and experience.
The results on the floor have been better than the Knicks could have imagined, with the veteran roster guiding the team to a 4-0 start and the senior circuit squad contributing in every way. Rasheed Wallace, coaxed out of retirement, has become a rotation piece already. Jason Kidd has led the team in the locker room and on the floor.
But at some point, this will go away, and the Knicks will have to consider the next step. They had only a second-round draft pick this year, and before he could even be introduced, Kostas Papanikolaou was dealt as part of the trade to obtain Raymond Felton.
So youth wasn't exactly a priority for the Knicks, and it shows on the roster, where a pair of rookies made the squad–35-year-old Pablo Prigioni and 28-year-old journeyman Chris Copeland. While they won't be arriving at Madison Square Garden with the expectations that top overall pick Anthony Davis brings to the NBA, the age and experience could mean an immediate contribution.
While free agency and the trade market will certainly figure in for the high-payroll franchise, the Knicks do have eight players on the roster under 30.
One, Amar'e Stoudemire, will pass that milestone Friday while on the disabled list recovering from left knee surgery. It is hard to imagine Stoudemire as a part of the future when injuries have plagued him through his years with the Knicks, but there are still seven others. Ladies and gentlemen–these are your 2016 Knicks. Maybe.