New York Knicks 2021-22: How Does the Starting 5 Look Like With Julius Randle and Kemba Walker on Board

Published 08/09/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and Julius Randle (30) react after Randle fouled out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks were one of those underdogs that nobody expected in the playoffs, let alone give the Atlanta Hawks a fight to stay put. Knicks fans had a gala time cheering from the stands, a sight that none of us had witnessed before. In fact, they were hell bent on wanting the Knicks to go deeper into the playoffs. Unfortunately, that was as far as they went.


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So, everyone expected their offseason to be busy, to overturn what went down. However, it was very underwhelming. Let’s take a look!

Incoming players


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  • Kemba Walker

More than the fact that Walker is a brilliant addition to their roster, the celebrations in New York had more to do with him coming back to his home to play. Their best high school star is coming back and will help solve their point guard problem. Now, the rest of the roster will work around the 31-year-old. But only time will tell whether it pans out the way they want it to.

  • Quentin Grimes

With their 25th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Knicks chose Quentin Grimes, a product of the University of Houston. Although he wasn’t the ideal choice, he can make a decent impact on the organization. Along with his size, his shooting skills and defense will put him up for success in the NBA. Although the Knicks could have gone elsewhere, which had some fans disappointed, Grimes might be exactly what they need.

  • Miles McBride

From West Virginia University, the Knicks drafted Miles McBride with their 36th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. McBride was an excellent choice, as he is a perfect fit and his style matches the Knicks’. The excellent shooter does not let go of catch-and-shoot opportunities. And because his FT% is decent, indicates that he could transition into a great shooter from the arc as well.

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Outgoing players

  • Reggie Bullock

After spending two seasons with the Knicks, Reggie Bullock has now signed with the Dallas Mavericks. After injury issues in the first season, Bullock showed he could excel with the Knicks. However, clearly, the Mavericks made an offer that he just couldn’t refuse. Bullock is that efficient starter who’s a stellar shooter. Dallas did a good job ensuring Luka Doncic gets more support next season by pulling this off.


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  • Taj Gibson
  • Jared Harper
  • Frank Ntilikina
  • Elfrid Payton
  • Norvel Pelle
  • Theo Pinson

New York Knicks starting five

  • Even Fournier
  • Kemba Walker
  • R.J. Barrett
  • Julius Randle
  • Mitchell Robinson


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Just because they didn’t make any flashy moves, doesn’t mean the Knicks were up to no good. They had to focus on updating the roster for the upcoming season without tampering with their future. That’s what they did. Will they be able to live up to the standard they set next season with these changes?


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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.