Minutes Projections

  1. Kristaps Porzingis: 36-40 MPG
  2. Carmelo Anthony: 36-40 MPG
  3. Courtney Lee: 30-34 MPG
  4. Derrick Rose: 28-32 MPG
  5. Joakim Noah: 28-32 MPG
  6. Brandon Jennings: 24-28 MPG
  7. Lance Thomas: 20-24 MPG
  8. Willy Hernangomez / Marshall Plumlee: 12-20 MPG
  9. Justin Holiday / Sasha Vujacic: 12-20 MPG
  10. Mindaugas Kuzminskas / Kyle O’Quinn: 4-10 MPG

Kristaps Porzingis averaged just 28.4 minutes a night during his rookie campaign under Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis. This 28.4 number must change for his sophomore season.

KP hit a rookie roadblock and simply couldn’t log heavy minutes – despite how much he deserved to play. If Porzingis isn’t leading the Knicks in minutes in 2016-17, there’s a serious problem.

It would behoove New York to make sure Melo isn’t over 36 minutes on average. Again, the same can be said for the oft-injured D-Rose to a 32 minute level.

The key with this team will come beyond the No. 7 guy. Who will be the eighth and ninth players on the roster who step up to a tremendous degree?

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