Final Knicks Report Card from Obi Topin A to Leon Rose F.

With the ugly season, only that much could be collected by team president Leon Rose.

That’s all he could do after finishing fourth in the East. a pre-recorded և edited interview with the internal network where Rose’s main message was, well, nothing special.

To be clear, interviewer Mike Brin did a good job with the allotted time, at least the airtime, which was not much. Brin, who earned the Hall of Fame, was in a difficult situation when MSG’s “play-by-play” voice interviewed a shy, isolated executive, but he missed seven key questions. 1) Will Thibodo be the coach next season? 2) Something about the situation of the Kemba Walker և point guard; 3) The Knicks would at least make suggestions for Julius Randley; 6) What did they learn from the horrible free agency of 2021 և 7) If this team is not a symbol to work with next season, why keep silent about the trade deadline?

Rose will never answer these questions as she again refused to hold a post-season press conference. In fact, he never did really answered foreign media questions after taking office more than two years ago. At the Zoom session, Tom Thibodo was hired, with Thibodo’s voice dominating. Then, in September, a one-on-one meeting was held, which also included Tibodon and GM Scott Perry. Again, Tibodo controlled the room, mostly by default.

In an interview on Sunday, Rosin Brin asked if he would speak more publicly, but he avoided the question.

“I want to please the fans,” he said. “It’s very important for me, it’s important for this organization, to give them something they can be proud of, they can take root, they can feel good. Whatever I can do to help, I want to do it. ”

Of course, this is James Dolan’s job to deal with the media. Fans. keep the message isolated, indefinite և propagandistic. The agreement on non-disclosure of silence is a big salary provision. Rose, who is clearly not as comfortable or polished as a speaker, has played that role better than her predecessors, although we hope someone at MSG understands that silence is a sign of weakness in bad times.

That being said, we offer our final Knicks report card for the disappointing 2021-22 season. Please note that we do not rule out injuries or missed time during the assessment. And like Leon Rose, we will not answer further questions.


Statistics:81 games, 21.6 minutes, 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 39% shots, 40% 3 seconds.

Next season’s salary$ 10 million


For most of the season, Berks was unreliable as a starting guard in an unfamiliar role. He just does not have game instincts, երեք his three insignificant passes showed in one game. It’s not his fault. Berks has been signed as a reserve winger, he’s good in that role, sometimes exceptionally, when he scores goals at the end of closed games.

Final grade: C:


Statistics:80 games, 29.5 minutes, 14.1 points, 2.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 42% shots, 39% 3 seconds.

Next season’s salary$ 18 million


The Knicks paid more for the specialist 3 points, but it is not Fournier’s fault. He set a franchise record for three points per season, surpassing John Starks 1995. He dropped out of playmaking at the start of the season, traveling almost exclusively around the perimeter, with 3-pointers accounting for 72% of his all-time attempts after all-time breaks. The defense remains a problem, but again, it does not deviate from who the Knicks were signed with. On the one hand, Fournier is winning this season’s Media Award for being so open-minded in its sessions.

Final grade: B:


Statistics:78 games, 23.1 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 39% shots, 35% 3 seconds.

Next season’s salary$ 2.3 million


It turned out to be a respectable season due to late growth, but early difficulties led to poor performance. An interesting potential for organizing insults with flashes, especially when he shares the word with the best boy Obi Toppin, but Quickley still falls into the category of stripes. If the shot falls, it is a big bonus. if he shoots wrong, Quickley does not do much to justify the hard minutes.

Final grade: C +:


Statistics:72 games, 35.3 minutes, 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 41% shots, 31% 3 seconds.

Next season’s salary$ 26.1 million


A season of utter frustration, which included failures for fans, officials, opponents, and the team’s video coordinator. The big question now is whether the Knicks can unload Randle for something worthwhile, as Leon Rose has completely distorted it. Rose was not sold to Randley, so he invited his replacement Obi Topin. Then Randle exceeded all expectations, և Rose extended him for four years. Then և Randle exploded, և Topin blossomed, leaving the fan base wanting to leave the player who had just signed a $ 106 million contract.

Final grade: D-


Statistics:72 games, 17.1 minutes, 9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 53% shots, 31% 3 seconds.

Next year’s salary$ 5.3 million


It was a pleasure to watch Topin bloom under a deer spotlight as a newcomer to the Knicks’ most exciting new year. We always knew he was a sportsman և in a potentially elite transition, but in the end he made a 3-point shot. of the season. It was a big change from Topin’s previous career when he hit the edge with difficulty in the third corner. Unlike the coach’s critics, I do not believe that Topin is as far behind this season as he has been. This is not who Topin started the season, but what he became. In addition, he deserved better competition for his NBA Slam Dunk title.

Final grade: a


Statistics:72 games, 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 76% shot

Next year’s salaryUnlimited free agent


Health was the main concern of the season, ին Robinson passed that test, playing 72 games. He was a force on attack glass, ridiculously effective when working exclusively with paint. At this point, it is easy to design Robinson’s path. he is a tall, sports center, he is prone to injuries, whoever finishes the finish line defends it, but the diversification of his attacking game must be stopped. He has no handle or kick (he only makes 49% of his wrong shots) for something else. How much does it cost for a free agency?

Final grade: B:


Statistics:70 games, 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 41% shots, 34% 3 seconds.

Next year’s salary$ 10.9 million


The disappointing start was changed to the confident end of RJ Barrett’s season, even if it was short due to a knee rash. The biggest achievement was that he likes to be the main face of the franchise, accepting the burdens and responsibilities that come with the ball. Maybe it’s more of an illusion in the contract year (we certainly saw that from other players), but Barrett in many ways positioned himself as anti-Randley when communicating with the media: fans.


Statistics:37 games, 25.6 minutes, 11.6 points, 3.5 assists, 40% shot, 37% 3 seconds.

Next year’s salary$ 9.2 million


It soon became clear that Walker’s explosion would not magically return, returning to New York և Tibodo quickly surrendered. The long-range shot was good enough, but everything else – the defense, the ability to reach the finish line – was left to Walker as a responsibility. Walker eventually disappeared during the All-Star break, never to return. The Knicks, perhaps not accidentally, were better after the break.

Final grade: F:


Statistics: 25 games, 22.5 minutes, 3.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks

Next year’s salary$ 9.2 million


He has only played 25 games without a serious injury, which leaves questions about his commitment after signing a $ 27 million deal in the summer. The Knicks also need to answer those questions before deciding to pay Robinson.

Final grade: F:


Jericho Sims (B +); Quentin Grimes (B); Miles McBride (C +); Derrick Rose (D); Taj Gibson (B-); Cam Reddish (D):



There were some ugly moments, especially just before the All-Star break, when RJ Barrett got an ankle sprain in the trash և Thibodo forgot he could not challenge two games. There were issues with giving Julius Randley a chance, who seemed to act often negatively, without guidance or punishment. There were misconceptions about the rotation of his guard, which was more the result of building a list than Thibodo’s estimates. But the Knicks also improved in the second half of the season, especially the young players, which meant that Thibodo was still forcing them to catch the rope.

Final grade: C-



It’s hard to underestimate the 2021 Free Agency disaster. Rose made every mistake. He had the most space in the NBA, he could not solve the problem of the prominent point guard. He gave Julius Randley a huge contract based on one season. He chose to lavish Evan Fournier instead of Demar DeRozan. He replaced Mitchell Robinson with Nerlens Noel. He watched the team hit the Hawks in the playoffs, believing that the list needed only a few squads instead of repairs. Rose’s highlight was the draft, where she picked up Quentin Grimes and Jericho Sims in both rounds with late selections.

After all, it’s a simple equation that leads to a bad grade. Rose entered the off-season with the NBA’s most play-offs plus the first two rounds, and the team got much worse.

Final grade: F +:

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