30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: New York Knicks
30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: New York Knicks

This article is part of our 30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts series.

With the NBA on hiatus for at least 30 days, I'll be coping by posting an article every day with 30 random/interesting facts from each of the 30 teams. Hopefully, the season will resume when I hit publish on the Wizards' article.

Day 20:

New York Knicks

Stats are mostly from Cleaning the Glass, but also RotoWire, NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.

  1. Mitchell Robinson is ninth in the league in total offensive rebounds (186).
  2. Mitchell Robinson is sixth in the NBA in total blocks (119).
  3. Mitchell Robinson has the best true shooting percentage (72.6) in the NBA.
  4. Mitchell Robinson has the highest offensive rating (144.0) in the league and the fifth-most win shares per 48 minutes (.230).
  5. Julius Randle is ninth in total defensive rebounds (622) in the league.
  6. Elfrid Payton is 10th in assists per game (7.2).
  7. Elfrid Payton is sixth in steal percentage (2.7).
  8. Nine players who have seen 500+ minutes on the Knicks are in the sub-25th percentile in points per shot attempt.
  9. Dennis Smith is in the second percentile in points per 100 shot attempts (80.0) and in the seventh percentile in turnover rate (17.3%).
  10. RJ Barrett takes 48% of his shots at the rim – in the 91st percentile for wing players.
  11. Dennis Smith is 8-of-48 on long mid-range jumpers.
  12. RJ Barrett is fouled on 14.8% of his shot attempts – in the 94th percentile for wing players. He also draws a non-shooting foul on 1.5% of team plays – in the 83rd percentile.
  13. Mitchell Robinson and Elfrid Payton have the highest point differentials on the Knicks – +8.8 and +7.9 respectively.
  14. Dennis Smith's point differential (-14.8) is the worst on the Knicks of anyone who has seen at least 500 minutes.
  15. With RJ Barrett on the court, 7.3% more of the Knicks' steals lead to transition plays – a difference that ranks in the 88th percentile. Also, with him on the court, 7.6% fewer of opponents' steals lead to transition plays – in the 89th percentile. However, opponents get 5.6% more transition plays off of live rebounds.
  16. With Bobby Portis on the court, 5.0% fewer of opponents' live rebounds lead to transition plays – a difference that ranks in the 95th percentile.
  17. Out of all Knicks lineups that have seen 100+ possessions, the best has a +33.9 net rating and contains Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Maurice Harkless, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. The worst is -36.9 and contains Frank Ntilikina, RJ Barrett, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle and Bobby Portis.
  18. Knicks lineups with both Elfrid Payton and Mitchell Robinson on the court are +6.3 per 100 possessions.
  19. Lineups with Julius Randle at center are -0.8 points per 100 possessions.
  20. The Knicks have the second-worst offense (106.5) in the NBA.
  21. On the road against top-10 teams, the Knicks have the third-worst point differential (-17.7).
  22. The Knicks have the third-worst net rating (-12.8) on the second night of back-to-backs.
  23. Since the All-Star break, New York has the fourth-worst net rating (-4.7).
  24. New York is the best offensive rebounding team (28.6%) in the league.
  25. The Knicks take the fifth-most shots at the rim (38.6%) in the NBA and the fewest threes (28.7%).
  26. New York allows the third-most corner threes (28.8%) in the NBA.
  27. Opposing teams shoot 38.3% from three against the Knicks – the third-highest accuracy in the league.
  28. Taj Gibson has the second-highest offensive rating (121) on the Knicks.
  29. Julius Randle has had 65 of his shots blocked.
  30. RJ Barrett has had 60 of his shots blocked.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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