Less Than 38-Win Injury Riddled Season

The real issue at heart surrounding the 2016-17 New York Knicks comes during this next discussion. The conversation that has the club performing as a bitter disappointment again.

When scouring the roster for potential stars, many can be found. At the same time, many risks are present too.

  • Derrick Rose
  • Joakim Noah
  • Carmelo Anthony

These three guys aren’t just three of the Knicks four best players, they’re the undoubted top three riskiest players on the squad.

An incredible injury fear surrounding this group is the man reason for such an abnormally large gap between potential success and possible failure.


The main concern is, of course, D-Rose.

Rose has played eight seasons in the NBA which equals a possible 656 regular season games. Rose has participated in just 406 games. This is a percentage of 61 percent, a number beyond terrible.

Noah, who was relatively healthy his first few seasons, has also turned into a chronic injury player. He’s played in 572 games of a possible 738 (nine seasons). His play rate is sitting at a very subpar 77 percent.

Melo is the third guy. While he’s appeared in most of the possible games during his career – 902 of 1,066 – at age 32, with bad knees, his condition will always be a concern.

The gap between success and failure is so large solely based on these chronic injury risks. Nobody can predict what’ll happen. It’s tough to rely on such an injury-riddled roster.

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