Jeff Van Gundy: Knicks Can Win 50 Games

by September 23, 2016
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Coming off a 32-win season, expectations are sky-high for the new-look Knicks.

Former New York head coach Jeff Van Gundy thinks Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and company can reach 50 wins in 2016-17.

JVG believes the squad can reach the postseason, but concedes that “the big unknown” is Rose’s health and play.

Per ESPN (via STASHED):

“It’s not easy,” Van Gundy, an ex-Knicks coach, said. “Listen, I think they’re going to be 45 to 50 [wins], low 50s, in that range.”

 

“I think there’s a lot [of factors] that are sure things,” Van Gundy continued. “I think [Joakim] Noah is going to be a sure thing as far as how he plays. [Kristaps] Porzingis is going to have a better second year than he had as a rookie. I think he’ll be outstanding. [Carmelo] Anthony I think is going to be very, very good. Courtney Lee is going to be excellent as a glue type of guy in their starting lineup.

 

“I think a lot comes down to [Derrick] Rose’s health and play and then the bench. It will be interesting to see how that works out. But I certainly believe their starting lineup has the potential to be a 50-game winner without question.”

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