What the future could hold for each player

For their season finale, the Knicks were ready to take the floor Sunday in the Garden against the Raptors with possibly only eight healthy bodies.

It was a fitting end as their 17-man roster, including two-way players, dropped like flies amid this 2021-22 carnage.

Only six players from his 15-man roster were final to dress on Sunday.

Knicks president Leon Rose, who hasn’t addressed the media since September, has yet to explain this mess, which fell to 36-45 going into the finals. It’s unclear if he will talk about the uncertain future of the roster as he faces a monumental offseason to try to keep his job and find a starting point guard.

In recent weeks, Tom Thibodeau, the likely-to-retain 2021 Coach of the Year, has shed little light on the future plan but said Friday that the franchise knows “we still have a long way to go.”

Here’s an analysis of each player’s future as a Knick.

PG Kemba Walker

When Walker left the team at the All-Star break, the Knicks refused to buy him out. They see him as a trade pawn with a contract expiring with $9 million that can be added to an offseason deal. No one expects him to wear a Knicks jersey again. Thibodeau never warmed to Walker’s skill set.

Kemba Walker
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PG Derrick Rose

The 33-year-old Rose’s excellence in a 35-game Knicks streak during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season was short-lived. With perhaps Thibodeau giving him too many minutes, Rose broke in 2021-22 with two ankle surgeries and played just 26 games. He has one year left at $14.5 million and an option for the final year, so he could return as a backup point guard despite the obvious risks.

SG/PG Alec Burks

Thibodeau stubbornly started Burks at point guard after the All-Star break, and he was a decent substitute. But he is not a playmaker and should return to his old role next season as a scoring winger off the bench.

PG/SG Emmanuel Quickley

The sophomore was arguably the Knicks’ most impressive player since the All-Star break, improving as a floor general and finding his 3-point shot to close out strong. He has opened some eyes in the organization as a possible starting point guard in the future.

PG/SG Miles McBride

The rookie from West Virginia deserved more action on the ball, but he’s a strong pressure defender who will always have a spot on Thibodeau’s roster.

PG Ryan Archdeacon

Leon Rose has feelings for Villanova, which is why he could return as the fifteenth man.

Evan Fournier
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S.G. Evan Fournier

The Frenchman had an underrated season in which he broke the Knicks’ single-season record for 3-pointers, but Thibodeau’s use in the final quarters was unpredictable. He didn’t defend to the coach’s liking and, with his big salary, he could be on the move in the right blockbuster.

SG/SF RJ Barrett

He made the jump as a scorer / No. 1 and All-Star potential, but scouts feel he’s too much of a burden for a winning team because he’s not a pure outside shooter. Thibodeau wants him to defend better and spray the ball faster next season outside of the double team.

S.G. Quentin Grimes

An impressive rookie season was derailed by a dislocated knee on Feb. 25, and he never regained his form. But Grimes is part of the future because Thibodeau loves him and pushed to select him at No. 25.

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The former Hawks lottery pick had an uneventful 15-game season after the January trade before his season-ending shoulder injury. Brass likes him better than the coach, which means waiting for him at the training ground.

Julius Randle
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P. F. Julius Randle

Fans turned on the 2020-21 All-Star quickly after a slow start, and it seemed to interfere with the sensitive psyche of the Knicks power forward. If fan-favorite Obi Toppin is their starting power forward next season, the front office will gauge the trade for Randle, who can still be a left-handed wrecking ball after averaging 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season. season. But does he fit more with Barrett?

P.F. Obi Toppin

Starting for Randle in the last four games, Toppin averaged 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 54.1 percent shooting going into the finals. But this stat is the most important thing: He’s shooting 48.1 percent from 3-point range on 6.8 attempts.

PF Feron Hunting

The Knicks’ new two-way active signing will play summer league after making his Washington debut, playing the final two minutes.

C Mitchell Robinson

The shot-blocking, loud-mouthed center at the rim remained healthy, making him a marketable commodity as an unrestricted free agent who NBA sources believe wants a trade. The Pistons will look to the older Knick if they don’t address their core position in the draft. The Bulls, Mavericks, Pelicans and Hornets should also be interested.

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C Jericho Sims

The front office dedicated the schedule after the All-Star break to take a closer look at the rookie center, who showed he can be a Robinson Lite but with more playmaking ability.

C Nerlens Claus

The former Sixers lottery pick had a lot of baggage for New York, but revived his image last season as a one-year defensive threat. Noel returned to his enigmatic form with an injury-plagued 25-game season and could be trade bait with an expiring contract.

C Taj Gibson

The saddest analysis is that Gibson became the Knicks’ best 3-point shooter.

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