Meet the New Knicks

Phil Jackson, Steve Mills and the rest of the Knicks’ front office have been aggressive this offseason by adding eight new players to the roster.

Here’s the lowdown on the new faces.


Derrick Rose, Point Guard
Acquired Via Trade With Chicago

  • Listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Rose will be 28 when the 2016-17 season begins.
  • A Chicago native, Rose was selected by his hometown Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft with the first overall pick.
  • Rose’s 2010-11 campaign was outstanding from start to finish. Starting in a career-high 81 games, Rose averaged career-highs in points (25.0), rebounds (4.1) and steals (1.0) en route to being named the youngest MVP in NBA history. The Bulls would go on to win 62 games and reach the Eastern Conference Final.
  • In 405 career games with the Bulls, Rose averaged 19.7 points per game, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He shot .448 from the field and is career 81 percent free throw shooter.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Knicks Head Coach Jeff Hornacek said. Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”


Joakim Noah, Center
Signed as a Free Agent

  • The son of former tennis star Yannick Noah, Joakim Noah was born in New York City on Feb. 25, 1985.
  • Noah was a part of two national championship teams at the University of Florida in 2006 and 2007. In 108 career games with the Gators, Noah averaged 10.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. He won the 2005-06 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
  • Noah was selected ninth overall at 2007 NBA Draft by the Bulls.
  • In 572 career games with the Bulls, Noah has averaged 9.3 points per game, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks.
  • The 31-year-old is a two-time All-Star (2013, 2014) and won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“[Noah is] a great passer, high energy guy. I love playing with guys like that who get on other team’s nerves maybe sometimes. He’s that type of guy. Me and him can have a special connection.” — Kristaps Porzingis


Courtney Lee, Shooting Guard
Signed as a Free Agent

  • A veteran of six NBA teams, the 30-year-old Lee comes to the Knicks after splitting the 2015-16 season with the Grizzlies and Hornets. He recorded 9.6 points per game in 76 combined games for both teams.
  • Lee was taken 22nd overall by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • Lee is a player with playoff experience. He excelled during the 2014-15 season with Grizzlies, averaging 13.3 points per game.
  • The off-guard has been a terrific shooter from the free throw line throughout his career. Lee is shooting at a .846 clip from the charity stripe throughout his career.
  • In 600 career NBA games, Lee is averaging 9.6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 steals.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“Great signing by New York with Courtney Lee. Durable two way player who makes each team he has played on better.” @BobbyMarks42


Brandon Jennings, Point Guard
Signed as a Free Agent

  • A native of Compton, California, the 26-year-old Jennings was nationally recognized in high school. He won the 2008 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and was rated as the No. 1 high school basketball prospect by Scout.com.
  • Jennings decided to skip college and begin his professional career overseas at the age of 18. He signed with Lottomatica Roma in Italy’s Serie A and played in 27 games, averaging 5.5 points per game and 2.2 assists.
  • Jennings was selected 10th overall by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft, two spots after the Knicks selected Jordan Hill.
  • Jennings averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign with the Bucks.
  • He would go on to average a career-high 7.6 assists with the Pistons during the 2013-14 season.
  • Injury curtailed Jennings’ 2015-16 season. In 48 total games with the Pistons and Magic, Jennings averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 assists per game.
  • In 460 career games, Jennings has averaged 15.5 points per game with 5.9 assists and 1.3 steals.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“Love the Brandon Jennings signing!!! #PriceisRight #Knicks #InPhilWeTrust” @wallyball


Willy Hernangomez, Center
Signed as Draft Pick

  • The 22-year-old Hernangomez was selected by the Knicks with the 35th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center first was teammates with Kristaps Porzingis with Baloncesto Sevilla during the 2014-15 season. In 34 games, he averaged a career-high 10.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds
  • In limited minutes last season with Real Madrid, Hernangomez averaged 6.6 points per game with 3.8 rebounds.
  • In 103 career games in Europe, Hernangomez averaged 7.1 points per game with 4.1 rebounds.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“He’s ready to come over here,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said in this article with ESPN. “He had a pretty good year over there in Europe. He’s a big bod, skilled; he’s a low-post guy that will fit good in the system.”


Marshall Plumlee, Center
Signed as a Free Agent

  • The 23-year-old Plumlee is the younger brother of current NBA players Miles and Mason Plumlee.
  • The 7-foot, 250-pound center won the 2015 NCAA Championship with Duke University.
  • He averaged a career-high 8.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in his senior season with the Blue Devils.
  • After going undrafted in 2016, Plumlee joined the Knicks for the 2016 Orlando Summer League.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Small Forward
Signed as a Free Agent

  • A 26-year-old forward from Lithuania, Kuzminskas has played the last three seasons in Spain with Unicaja Malaga.
  • Listed at 6-foot-9 and 216 pounds, Kuzminskas had his best season in Spain during the 2015-16 campaign. He averaged 11.1 points per game with 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 contests.
  • Kuzminskas was a four-time Lithuanian Basketball League All-Star from 2010-2013.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“He’s an athletic, big wing who can guard multiple positions, so that gives him a chance to play in the league,” ESPN International basketball expert Fran Fraschilla said.


Justin Holiday, Shooting Guard
Acquired Via Trade With Chicago

  • The 27-year-old Holiday is the older brother of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday.
  • After spending four years at the University of Washington, Holday went undrafted in 2011. He spent the 2011-12 season playing professional basketball in Belgium.
  • Quick stints in the D-League, the 76ers and in Hungary finally led to Holiday sticking with the Golden State Warriors during the 2014-15 campaign. In 59 games, Holiday averaged 4.3 points per game. He would go on to win the NBA championship with Golden State in 2015.
  • Holiday split time with the Hawks and Bulls during the 2015-16 season. He scored a career-high 29 points for Chicago on April 13, 2016.