Bobby Portis
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Newly-signed New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis believes the team could make the playoffs in this upcoming season.

The New York Knicks weren’t huge winners this offseason, to say the least. In a stacked free agency class, they didn’t sign Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, nor Kawhi Leonard.

However, the Knicks came to terms with numerous free agents on shorter-term deals. Ultimately, New York signed Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Wayne Ellington, and Bobby Portis. The latter spoke with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy this past weekend about how he believes the Knicks could make the postseason this year.

“The naysayers, the haters, the people who are doubting us will say that we’re crazy as hell for saying that (the playoffs are a realistic goal),” Portis said. “We have a lot of pieces who can play. I think we’re loaded at every position; there are two-to-three players who could start at every position. When you have that much talent, that rises the competitiveness and improves the team as a whole.”

That’ll take a lot of work if that’s the goal this team wants to achieve. The Knicks just last season finished 17-65, tying for the worst finish in franchise history. However, with the mentioned signings along with drafting RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis, the Knicks could be that much closer to fitting all the pieces together.

“Going into the season, I think you need three, four, five frontcourt players that can be interchangeable,” Portis said. “The season is obviously a long haul and things happen; players get hurt and this and that. Over the course of a long season, you need depth. I think we have a lot of depth on this team, at every position… We have a lot of players who are going to compete at a high level each and every night. We have a lot of talent on our roster. I think we’re being overlooked.”

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.