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The most intriguing storyline this season in New York might be whether the Knicks or Nets are better. That says a lot about how low real plus-minus is on the Knicks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks' final roster released by the NBA lists Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Jarrett Jack as inactive, though it can be updated prior to Thursday's opener.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed with Frank Ntilikina's feel for the game, which is probably advanced at this point because the rookie played professionally in France: "Usually for a young kid like that, you've got to spend a lot of time explaining plays, explaining NBA sets. yYou're not able to go to all the little tricks and all those things for a while," Hornacek said. "With Frank, you can talk about them already. So that's great."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina still expects to be fully healthy for the Knicks' season opener Thursday. He didn't participate in the scrimmage at practice Monday but said the team is being 'careful' and that he will increase his activity leading up to Thursday's game against OKC. Jeff Hornacek said he's been impressed by a Ntilikina's ability to learn his craft even while not playing. Ntilikina said that while he missed games he "did the maximum to keep my mind in there with the guys, talking to them even if I wasn't out on the court, building the chemistry. I talk a lot with my teammates on trying to know how they feel on the plays, trying to know what they prefer, how they're comfortable. So I did the job off the court." Ntilikina also said he's excited about potentially facing Russell Westbrook in the opener. "Every point guard in the league, they're talented. It's a very talented league. Westbrook is the MVP. It's going to be fun."

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NBA Power Rankings: Where do Knicks debut?

The Kristaps Porzingis era is officially underway in New York with Carmelo Anthony now a member of the Thunder. Don't expect much improvement, if any, in the first season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (knee) participated in contact portions of practice today but is not participating in scrimmage. Everyone else practiced.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

the Knicks are highly unlikely to sign Doug McDermott to extension before today's 6 PM deadline. They'll take the season to see how/if he fits into their future plans. McDermott has made a strong impression thus far; he was one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing preseason and has a chance to start at small forward for New York.

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NBA Yearbook: Class of 2018

See the smiling, shining faces of the NBA's superstars and supporting players like you never have before.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks finished the preseason winless (0-5) and, not surprisingly, were at the bottom of the league in several statistical categories. The club finished the preseason ranked last among NBA teams in defensive rating, second-to-last among NBA teams in offensive rating and last among NBA teams in assist-to-turnover ratio by a wide margin. They were also last among NBA teams in turnover percentage and ranked 23rd in rebounding percentage.

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Willy Hernangomez averaged fewer minutes per game (16.6) in the preseason than fellow Knicks centers Kyle O'Quinn (18.9) and Enes Kanter (23.8). But Jeff Hornacek said that isn't necessarily an indication that Hernangomez will get fewer minutes at center in the regular season. "We know what Willy can do with a lot of our players, especially (Kristaps Porzingis, and others) that were here last year. We're trying to see Enes with that group," Hornacek said Saturday. It is unclear who will start at center for the Knicks but Hornacek said that rotations and lineups may change based on performance early in the season. He said coaches may like certain groupings going into the season but won't hesitate to change them if they don't work well.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said that, ideally, he'll have a nine or 10-player rotation. He seems to be deciding between using Courtney Lee at small forward or using a bigger SF such as Lance Thomas, Doug McDermott, Michael Beasley or Mindaugas Kuzminskas. It seems that Ramon Sessions will start at PG on opening night because rookie Frank Ntilikina has missed much of the preseason. Tim Hardaway Jr. will start at shooting guard and Kristaps Porzingis is at power forward. It's unclear who will start at center among Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez or Kyle O'Quinn. By using nine or 10 players in his rotation, Hornacek will have to leave at least five players who you might expect to get minutes on the bench.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Last season, Jeff Hornacek said his defensive game-plans changed regularly, depending on the opponent. He sought input from some of the veteran Knicks. This season, the defensive schemes will be more consistent – and it sounds like he won't be taking much input from veterans. "This way it's easy for the whole group," Hornacek said. Kristaps Porzingis is in favor of the new approach. "(Last season the approach) was confusing guys and it was confusing me. It didn't help at all," he said. "This year we have a much more clearer (approach) on the defensive end and it's going to help.'' The Knicks finished last season ranked 25th in defensive efficiency. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was the de facto defensive coordinator. They were finished second-to-last among NBA teams in the preseason, though the rotations seemed to improve over the course of the 5-game exhibition season. Players and coaches believe things are trending in the right direction - we'll find out if that's the case starting Thursday against Oklahoma City.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis shooting after practice with assistant coach Corey Gaines:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks were measuring standing reach today. Kristaps Porzingis checked in at 9 feet, 4.5 inches:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Barring some unforeseen setback, both Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (hip) will play in the Knicks' season opener Thursday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (knee) didn't participate in contact portions of practice today. Kristaps Porzingis participated in all of practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek isn't worried about the bright lights and big expectations in New York impacting Frank Ntilikina, whose image is already on a large billboard near Madison Square Garden: "So far what we've seen I don't think that's going to be a problem for him. He's a very smart kid. He's not swayed by the big lights, any of that stuff. He just knows how to play basketball. I think he'll step up to the challenges. Said it from pickup games to training camp, when he's played, the understanding of the game is there. He's got the length. In this game there's a lot of pick and rolls. With his height, he's going to make passes out of that a little better than a six-foot point guard. And just talking to him, when he talks about players, talks about things, there's no starry-eyed talk from him. He's got great confidence in that regards. I think he knows that he can play in this league and do really well."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks waived Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Nigel Hayes and Trey Burke. Burke is likely headed to the Knicks' G league team. Jarrett Jack will likely be kept on the roster for the first 12 games while Joakim Noah serves his suspension. The Knicks will then likely waive Jack when Noah returns because they have 15 players on guarantee contracts.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Based on preseason, it seems like the Knicks will keep their 2nd two-way spot open and keep Jarrett Jack on the regular-season roster during Joakim Noah's absence.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Say this much for Jeff Hornacek's Knicks: they're playing hard. They cut Washington's 9-point lead to four by forcing two turnovers in the final two minutes. They'll finish 0-5 in the preseason but it seemed like the effort was there tonight. It's going to be a long season but Knicks fans will stay with the team if they show effort.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's unclear what Michael Beasley is upset about but he's hot. He was just whistled for a technical while walking off the court.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Strong half for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Doug McDermott, who combine for 29 points on 12-for-16 shooting. McDermott has done a nice job cutting off the ball and getting looks close to the rim.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.3Tied-18th
Rebounds Per Game45.25th
Assists Per Game21.819th
Points Allowed108.023rd

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1800.000
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451

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