New York Knicks: 4 Reasons to still be excited about the future
Jan 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As gloomy as things look for the New York Knicks right now there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Here’s five of them.

The New York Knicks (24-36) are in the worst position an NBA team can be. They’re not bad enough to get a franchise player at the top of the draft, but they’re not good enough to make the playoffs.

Tanking for the best possible pick isn’t an option as long as you have Carmelo Anthony on your roster. The 2016-17 season is a lost cause for the Knicks, but the future isn’t as gloomy as you think.

Sure, there’s a lot of work to be done. A decision about the futures of Anthony and Derrick Rose in New York will need to be made this offseason.

The NBA Draft is big. The Knicks won’t have a top-five pick, but they will be in a position to take a player who can make an impact. Their last first-round pick, Kristaps Porzingis, was the best move of the Phil Jackson era.

Despite another horrible season filled with drama and lazy defense, there’s still reason to believe in the future for this team. Here are four big reasons why.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.