Meet the 2016-17 Knicks

Meet the 15 players who will open the 2016-17 NBA season on the roster for the New York Knicks under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek....

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Meet the 15 players who will open the 2016-17 NBA season on the roster for the New York Knicks under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Carmelo Anthony, forward

Longest-tenured Knick has some help. It could take pressure and burden off his 32-year-old body. Anthony said he feels better physically and mentally than he has in years.
2015-16: 21.8 pts., 7.7 rebs.

Ron Baker, guard

Chasson Randle's injury opened a spot for this undrafted combo guard, who showed improvement in the preseason and will be an end-of-the-bench, in-case-of-emergency guy.

Willy Hernangomez, center

Moves well, can pass, score and plays defense. Anthony compared Hernangomez to fellow Spaniard Marc Gasol. He'll be in rotation, and could become the first big man off the bench.


Justin Holiday, guard

Has good size and length as a wing player and should play, but the well-traveled Holiday needs to be able to knock down shots consistently and defend on the perimeter.
2015-16: 4.5 pts., 1.7 rebs.

Brandon Jennings, guard

Potential steal at one year and $5 million, the possible Sixth Man of the Year candidate is out to show he can still run a team and score in bunches.
2015-16: 6.9 pts., 3.5 assists

Mindaugas Kuzminskas, forward

Skilled 27-year-old Lithuanian forward has shown flashes that he can contribute and could get a chance depending injuries and how quickly he learns the NBA.

Courtney Lee, guard

Solid pro and underrated shooter and defender. Lee has hit at least 40 percent of his three-pointers four times in his career and often guards the opposing team's best perimeter player.
2015-16: 9.6 pts., 2.6 rebs.

Maurice Ndour, forward

Very active and aggressive, good as a slasher and around the basket on offense, but this is a developmental year for the raw rookie.

Joakim Noah, center

Intense, hard-nosed defender and one of the best passing centers, Noah will be the emotional leader and will hold everyone accountable, but he needs to stay healthy.
2015-16: 4.3 pts., 8.8 rebs.

Kyle O'Quinn, forward/center

Queens product fizzled out after promising start last season. He could have a bigger role as a defender and rebounder to help the second unit get out and run.
2015-16: 4.8 pts., 4.2 rebs.

Kristaps Porzingis, forward/center

Future franchise player was a revelation as a rookie and could be better in Year 2. He worked on his body and overall game, and has better talent around him.
2015-16: 14.3 pts., 7.3 rebs.

Derrick Rose, guard

The former MVP is in a contract year and hungry to prove he is still an elite player and point guard. He could, if he can stay on the court.
2015-16: 16.4 pts., 4.7 assists

Marshall Plumlee, center

An older rookie (24), he makes his presence felt with physical play and energy. He hustles, sets picks, rebounds and commits hard fouls. May see spot minutes.

Lance Thomas, forward

Earned everyone's respect with his professionalism, hard work and selflessness. Thomas was a solid contributor on both ends when healthy last year. He turned down playoff teams to return.
2015-16: 8.2 pts., 2.2 rebs.

Sasha Vujacic, guard

Brought back because of his knowledge of the triangle. Although Jeff Hornacek has tweaked offense, veteran guard is expected to see time at both guard positions.
2015-16: 4.9 pts., 2.4 rebs.