It has been a dreadful start to the 2013-14 season for the New York Knicks, who opened with a record of 3-13. Their offense is stagnant, the defense is atrocious and they lack leadership. Nearly every member of the team is battling injury or simply not playing up to his potential.
It is difficult to rank the performances of individuals when so many of them are under-performing and the team is playing so poorly as a whole. Still, even on bad teams, certain individuals are most responsible for the team’s limited success.
In ranking the Knicks I considered that some players maintain value even when they are struggling. For example, a shooter who is not knocking down his shots may still draw attention from defenders based on his reputation or potential to score. He can also contribute as a facilitator, defender or rebounder. I also took into account players' positions and roles on the team when assessing their value.
* All statistics as of Dec. 3rd