Schmeelk: Key to Kristaps Porzingis' Improvement Is His TeammatesIt was clear from the beginning of preseason that Porzingis had made a number of improvements to his game.
Schmeelk: Takeaways From Knicks' Ugly Season-Opening LossThe team looked disorganized and sloppy. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Derrick Rose has been away due to his trial and Joakim Noah missed plenty of practice time with a hamstring injury.
Schmeelk: Knicks Are Playoff Team, But How Much More Is Hard To SayThe Knicks will begin their season Tuesday night in Cleveland with the kind of optimism they haven't had since 2013-14, the season after their 54-win foray into the second round of the playoffs.
Schmeelk: A Look At How NBA's Eastern Conference Is Shaping UpThe Knicks need to be at minimum a top four seed in the Eastern Conference if the season is to be considered a success. Preferably, they would finish second or third to avoid the Cavaliers until the Eastern Conference finals.
Schmeelk: Mediocrity Would Doom The New-Look KnicksEven with the glimpse of the long term in place, the Knicks are going to be judged by one thing, and one thing alone, following this free-spending offseason: wins.
Schmeelk: Jackson Has Big Work To Do To Fill Out Back Of Knicks RosterThe Knicks have 12 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Most fans say “that’s all you need," but New York needs to have a deep bench with the age and injury history of some of its best players.
Schmeelk: Knicks' Decision To Retain Melo And 2016 Moves Will Be Tested Next SeasonIf you want to find the true genesis of the moves the Knicks made this offseason, you have to go back further than the Derrick Rose trade.
Schmeelk: Knicks' Offense Figures To Be Run 'N Gun First, Triangle SecondNow that the Knicks' roster is coming into focus, it’s Jeff Hornacek's job to fit his new pieces into a workable team.
Schmeelk: Knicks Rotation Coming Into FocusThe Knicks were busy over the July Fourth weekend, and it looks like the 2016 team is coming into focus. Whether it was wise or not, the Knicks have pushed their chips to the middle of the table. They are all in, for better or for worse.
Schmeelk: Grading The Knicks' Offseason Moves So FarThe Knicks wasted no time and made a number of moves this weekend, taking advantage of their salary cap space to put together a pretty good-looking roster on paper.
Schmeelk: A Look At Free Agent Options At Guard For KnicksThe Knicks' two priorities with their two guard needs should be defense and shooting.
Schmeelk: A Look At Free Agent Options At Center For KnicksWith Robin Lopez now in Chicago, the Knicks need a new starting center who can play 25 to 30 minutes per game.

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