Familiarize yourself with the New York Knicks’ starting five.

The New York Knicks could have given rebuilding a shot.

Instead, they did it the old-fashioned way, throwing their offseason dough on older players in hopes of winning now.

“I don’t think New York, Los Angeles, they’re not markets that you are going, ‘OK, you’re going through a rebuilding process,’” Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “You have the ability to spend the money. You have attractive cities to go to. I think they’re always on the win-now thought process.”

New York entered the offseason with gaping holes in the frontcourt — and while the season’s still a ways to go — they’ve tamed the hitches.

While it doesn’t always work, Phil Jackson‘s squad is attempting an expeditious return to relevancy. The squad’s starting five — the only five players who will surely be on the roster at the start of the 2016-17 campaign — will play an instrumental role in the team’s fate.

Get to know the team’s starting five: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose.


Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.