Dec 16, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson looks on during a stop in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Final Thoughts

If things don’t change for this group, the current mark of 108.5 points allowed per game (25th in the NBA) will balloon to 110. 

On a positive note, the team does rank in the middle of the pack in terms of defensive field goal percentage (.505, 13th) and 3-point percentage (.354, 13th). Perhaps the law of averages will allow things to turn for the better.

Or, perhaps not.

The reality that this team will never play solid defense is a sound notion. Only Courtney Lee and Justin Holiday are studs on the defensive end of the floor. Joakim Noah, while he isn’t the Defensive Player of the Year he once was, still brings immense intangibles to the party. Kristaps Porzingis, while he’s overrated defensively thanks to his highlight-reel blocks, plays an amazing weakside brand of ball.

Aside from those guys, there isn’t much.

Hopefully, something magical happens that’ll make one or two of these guys top-flight defensive studs. Having said that, I wouldn’t bet on it.

 

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