Remodeling a basketball team is very much like home renovation.
Home renovation isn’t about wholesale change: That’s where real estate agents come in and make their bread. For most folks, home improvement targets those small hangnails and bothersome divots that cheapen one’s living experience.
The same goes for many of the NBA’s basketball franchises: Almost all will turn a profit, most have one or two blue-chip hoop prospects, and 16 of 30 hum yearly to the tune of playoff appearances.
The New York Knicks are one of these 16 hummingbirds. New York isn’t a bad team by any measure, having collected an Atlantic Division crown and a playoff series victory for the first time since Pink Floyd’s final world tour before initial breakup (1994).
Still, if the Knicks are to improve and truly contend in 2013-14, much self-efficacy is required. Team brass must start with an honest admission of team flaws, an aggressive end put to unlikeable proclivities (too much 'Melo ISO!) and a realistic assessment of players inside and outside team borders.
Today, let’s look most closely at the latter. Where are the holes in this Knicks team? And what NBA players can fill these voids at a good pay rate?
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.