During the 2009-10 NBA season, the New York Knicks were nearing the end of what they knew was one of the darkest periods in the franchise’s history. They finished that season with a record of 29-53, their ninth straight losing season. But there was a small glimmer of hope during that season despite their poor record — they would have cap space the following season and a handful of terrible contracts would expire.
This current Knicks team is going to struggle to win 29 games this season — they’d have to go 8-13 the rest of the way — which would be a .381 winning percentage. Their current winning percentage is .344. Even if they do pass the 29-win mark, there isn’t that glimmer of hope heading into next season as they will have no cap space.
For a team that had Eddy Curry on the roster making $10.5 million to play seven games, Bill Walker leading the team in three-point shooting, Chris Duhon leading the team in assists and Tracy McGrady coming onto the team late in the season in a savior role, it was as bad as one could think. But this current Knicks club, which has an abundance of talent, has made losing seem much, much worse than in 2009-10.
The player who was supposed to save the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, may end up leaving the team this offseason, and if he doesn’t, there is no way for the Knicks to put better players around him. The Knicks may be better off without Anthony and committing to tanking during the 2014-15 season whilst trading away their expiring assets for young talent and draft picks. This year’s Knicks team is way worse than the 2009-10 team. And next year, they will likely be bad again — though like in 2010, 2015 may bring a glimmer of hope to the franchise.