Another installation of NBA 2k14 just came out yesterday. What has been nice for Knicks fans in the last few years is that their team not only isn’t bad, but usually plays very well in video games. I’ve said numerous times the Knicks are similar to the Atlanta Hawks of the last decade but that may be no more so than in the video games.
The Knicks are ripe w/players whose physical talents, especially in a vacuum, outweigh their statistical output. This is no more evident than with JR Smith. Smith, like Carmelo Anthony, has basically had the exact same scouting report since he was a rookie. Smith clearly has top five shooting guard talent but lacks top five shooting guard basketball acumen and shot selection. The beauty of NBA video games though, is that you get all of the JR Smith that makes you cheer and none that makes your head hurt.
The Knicks also have Ray Felton, Shumpert, and of course Carmelo Anthony to round out their starting lineup scorers. This unit has a ton of three point shooting and play making ability. Playing small in a video game is even more advantageous than in real life so those four plus Tyson Chandler should cause serious issues opposing players.
Chandler has a new tenacious rebounding ability which, considering he is the only big man that starts is vital to game success. The Knicks bench, sporting guys like JR Smith, Amare Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani should excel at scoring against opposing second teams. Few teams have the depth, especially in video games that the Knicks do.
The Knicks are the ninth ranked team in NBA 2k14, below teams such as the Nets and Warriors but above the Rockets and Grizzlies. That also means Woodson simulates well and should always have a strong team if you do a fantasy draft and use the Knicks.
All in all the Knicks should be one of the more popular and fun teams to play with this year. Considering they have no real pieces to trade, players can get accustomed to how the team plays early knowing that it is unlikely to change.