NY Knicks Regular Season Grades

by John Pagnotta | Apr 19, 2024 | General | 0 comments

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The New York Knicks had an amazing 2023-24 regular season, going 50-32 and finishing as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. It was even more impressive how they finished while dealing with several injuries, such as losing Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Mitchell Robinson for different periods of time throughout the year. Heading into Game 1 on Saturday against Philadelphia, it’s time to assess how each player did for the Knicks. Keep in mind that missed games and durability does play a factor. Tom Thibodeau and the front office will also get a grade based on this season.

Jalen Brunson: A+
What other grade could there be for Jalen Brunson? He was the MVP of New York, as he averaged 28.7 PPG, 6.7 APG, and 3.6 RPG while shooting 40% from 3PT range and carrying the Knicks when Julius Randle went down. He orchestrated the offense in ways that we didn’t see last year, and he already looks better than the Brunson we saw in the playoffs. Brunson’s flashy passes, pull-up three pointers, and ability to draw fouls elevate the Knicks in a way that we haven’t seen since the days of Melo. The PG should definitely receive MVP and All-NBA consideration, as he kept the Knicks out of the play-in tournament by himself throughout March and April.

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Donte DiVincenzo: A
DiVincenzo quickly became a fan favorite in NY with his ability to hit threes and his incredible stamina. The Villanova guard hit 283 3PT, good for 3rd in the NBA, while being a reliable 2nd option on the team. Divo averaged 20.6 PPG between February-April, while shooting 44% from the field and 41% from 3PT on 15 FG attempts per game. In addition, he averaged over a steal per game, and played nearly 40 minutes a game after the ASG (including 53 in the Knicks’ finale!). His chemistry with Brunson was unmatchable, as they seemed to always find each other or be in the right spots. DiVincenzo’s role grew over the season with all of the Knicks’ injuries, but he proved to be very valuable to the team.

Josh Hart: A
After a successful first season in NY and signing an extension, Josh Hart had another great season for the team. Hart averaged 9.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4 APG, and 1 SPG while shooting 43% from the field. Just like DiVincenzo, Hart’s stamina and durability was incredible, playing 81 games for the Knicks while averaging around 40 MPG from February-April. In these months, Hart averaged a double double and had 5 triple doubles, which won the Knicks several games. Furthermore, his tough defense and versatility make him one of Thibodeau’s favorites, as Hart can play a guard/forward position while being able to guard multiple positions on defense. Hart’s struggles from 3 have been evident with him shooting more mid-range shots over the last several weeks, but regaining his form in the playoffs can make him dangerous.

OG Anunoby: B+
The impact that OG Anunoby brought the Knicks was much larger than fans anticipated. When Anunoby played, the Knicks went 20-3 while having the NBA’s best defense and one of the best offenses. In the games that Anunoby missed, the Knicks struggled to score, going 13-13 and nearly falling out of the top 6 in the Eastern Conference. OG averaged 14.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.7 SPG, and 1 BPG while being a versatile wing and being able to guard any position from 1-5. Anunoby’s grade is lower than it would be because of his elbow injury, but he was incredibly important to the Knicks’ success in 2024.

Isaiah Hartenstein: A
Hartenstein became popular last season in NY as a backup center to Mitchell Robinson, but after Robinson’s injury this season, he became the starter and never gave it up. Hartenstein averaged 7.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.2 SPG, as he battled through several ankle and neck injuries throughout the season. In addition, his ability as a passer was a surprise to the Knicks in the final 10 games, as he averaged over 4 assists per game in helping them solidify a top finish in the East. Since Hartenstein will be in line for a massive raise, hopefully the Knicks can retain him.

Julius Randle: B+
The other All Star on the 2024 NY Knicks was Julius Randle. Randle started off very slow, which concerned many fans with how he would recover from his offseason ankle surgery. However, he put those concerns to rest as he had another great season before he got injured against the Heat. Randle averaged 24.2 PPG, 9 RPG, 5 APG, and shot 47% from the field, 78% from the FT line, and 31% from 3PT. After Randle got hurt in January, he attempted to not have surgery and instead rehab for the playoffs. However, he dislocated his shoulder again, which caused him to have surgery recently, and rule him out for the rest of 2024. Julius had an exceptional first half of the season, but his injury and slow start is the reason for his solid grade of a B.

Mitchell Robinson: B
In the first 3 months of the season, Mitchell Robinson was a beast for the Knicks. He was averaging around 6 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.2 BPG, and over 2 SPG while being the starting center and anchoring the defense. If Mitch never got hurt, he could’ve been on his way to a grade in the A’s. However, his ankle caused him to be out until March, and he hasn’t looked great as he attempts to get his conditioning up. He has had a noticeable limp in several games, as Thibodeau has elected to play Hartenstein far more than Robinson. It looks like Mitch will be the backup center in the playoffs along with Precious Achiuwa, but hopefully he can provide a spark in his minutes off the bench.

Precious Achiuwa: B
Receiving Achiuwa in the Anunoby trade as a backup forward, there weren’t many, if any, expectations for him on the Knicks. He quickly became a Tom Thibodeau guy as the injuries began to pile up in the winter. There was a stretch where he played over 40 minutes for nearly 10 straight games, which shows incredible durability. Precious was also precious to Knicks fans, as his amazing blocks and defense made him necessary to keep him in the rotation. Achiuwa averaged 7.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 1 BPG while shooting 52% from the field for the Knicks. It will certainly be interesting to see how Achiuwa fits into Thibs’ rotation in the playoffs.

Miles McBride: B
McBride has shown considerable growth throughout the season for the Knicks, as they extended him to a 3 yr, $13M contract. Deuce has proven to be a solid shooter, as he averaged 8.3 PPG while shooting 45% from the field and 41% from 3PT. He connected on 109 threes in only 19.5 MPG, which is a very solid amount. With the Knicks’ injuries piling up, he also played a big part during February and March as the starting SG, scoring 31 points in a win against GS and averaging 1.4 SPG. Deuce has to work on his playmaking, which he has shown progress, and has made several strides towards becoming a solid PG during 2024. He should be a nice bench piece for the Knicks in the postseason.

Bojan Bogdanovic: C
The Knicks received Bogdanovic from the Detroit Pistons for a number of draft picks, Quentin Grimes, and some role players. It took Bogdanovic a while to settle in with the Knicks, as he has recently begun to post some good games. Bogey looked very uncomfortable in finding his spot in the offense, as Jalen Brunson and Divo were the #1 and 2 options, respectively. He has only averaged 19.2 MPG with the Knicks, as his minutes can fluctuate from 9 to 25. As a Knick, he only averaged 10.4 PPG, but shot a respectable 43% FG and 37% 3PT. Hopefully, Bogey can help the Knicks out in the playoffs and produce that scoring touch that the Knicks will need.

Alec Burks: F
In the other piece from the Bogdanovic trade, Alec Burks has been terrible compared to his teammate. Burks has averaged 6.5 PPG in 13.5 MPG while shooting a brutal 31% from the field and 30% from behind the arc. He has barely stayed in Thibs’ rotation, as he hasn’t recorded over 12 minutes in a game since mid-March, and he may fall out of the rotation throughout the playoffs.

Tom Thibodeau: A
Thibodeau continued his excellent tenure as the Knicks head coach, leading them to a 50 win season and the #2 seed with several major players missing time. Developing Miles McBride into a lethal shooter and a solid backup PG was largely by Thibs, but the way that Divo, Hart, Achiuwa, Hartenstein, and even Brunson played this year were testaments to the coach. He has the majority of his team playing their best in their careers, which is a great sight to see going into the playoffs. The Knicks should do everything in their power to make sure Thibs doesn’t leave this organization, as he has become beloved by Knicks fans (minus the heavy minutes rumors that aren’t true).

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Leon Rose/FO: B+
Rose did another great job this season by trading for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Alec Burks. The Anunoby deal has looked great for NY, as OG has massively impacted the Knicks when he plays, and Achiuwa has shown promise as a starter/bench player in his time in NY. The Bogdanovic deal has started to take a little positive turn, as he has become more comfortable in the offense (even if his minutes are still sporadic on a game-per-game basis). The Knicks are set up to make a legit run at the ECF because of Rose’s signings/trades the past 2 seasons, and the front office should be proud of the job they have done.

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My name is John Pagnotta and I live in Queens, NY. I am a sophomore at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School. I am a huge fan of the Jets, Mets, Islanders, and Knicks. I started following sports when I was around 7 years old and I have not lost love for it ever since!


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