It certainly doesn’t help either that the head coach’s philosophy emphasizes quantity of points over quality of defense.
However, it appears management intends to halt this recent trend with the hiring of a defensive-minded assistant, as indicated by their recent interest in Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson.
Improvement in this area begins with the coaching staff, but success ultimately rests on the players’ laurels. Collectively, the Knicks may be poor defensively, but they do have something to build upon individually.
Whenever next season begins, the present roster will likely be dismantled. But, until the new collective bargaining agreement is reached, the players remain intact.
Let’s take a look at the current personnel and see how they stack up in terms of defensive ability and potential.
*NBA stats compiled from Basketball-Reference
*NCAA stats compiled from ESPN