Knicks 2020-2021 Season Preview: A Glimmer of Hope
Hoping the CP3 to Knicks rumors are simply rumors. I love CP3 and am so happy he proved so many haters wrong this season. He’s an all-time great. However, he does not fit the Knicks’ timetable and is not worth giving up young assets (no matter how you feel about those assets) pic.twitter.com/BySQktkdmJ— Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) October 7, 2020
When you find out you have to play 40+ minutes under Thibs pic.twitter.com/BW2LW4D7RU— Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) November 19, 2020
I’m getting multiple messages and DMs... “GET RID OF RANDLE”. I hear ya, and I agree. Here’s the good news, he only has $4 million guaranteed next season, meaning the Knicks can waive him after this season and owe more money to Joakim Noah (I know the Noah part isn’t good news)— Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) November 20, 2020
Although Randle has absolutely no future on this team, there is no denying that plenty of contenders are an injury away from calling the Knicks for Randle's services. I want to blame Randle for a lot of the problems last season, but he's clearly a good player.
If you saw his season on the Pelicans prior to the Knicks acquisition, you would know he is a legit player. Randle had the same volume on the Pelicans and Knicks. The difference is he shot 52% from the floor on the Pelicans versus shooting 46% for the Knicks. That drop in efficiency was an extension of how he was used on the floor for New York. For reasons I cannot comprehend, Randle was treated as if he was Magic Johnson, constantly bringing the ball up and being the primary playmaker.
Look for Randle to be featured in a more traditional Power Forward role under coach Thibodeau. If he plays well, he'll be traded for a pick come the trade deadline, just like Marcus Morris (also predicted on Swiss Cheese D)