Well, Knicks can’t be much worse, right? Right?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MATT BONESTEEL matt.bonesteel@wash­post.com Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ early lead

De­spite ev­i­dence that hints at com­pe­tence, the New York Knicks whiffed on ev­ery big­name free agent they tried to sign this sum­mer and also spent a high lottery pick on a Euro­pean pro­ject who might be years from NBA readi­ness. So yeah, they prob­a­bly will be pretty bad again next sea­son. Like, 17-win bad? “I don’t think any team can pre­dict how many games they’ll win this com­ing sea­son at this point,’’ Coach Derek Fisher told the New York Post at the NBA’s sum­mer league in Las Ve­gas. “We feel we’ve added good play­ers. We’re not go­ing to win just 17 games. We feel like we can say that and feel pretty con­fi­dent about that.’’ So 18 games. Got it. New York signed Robin Lopez, shoot­ing guard Ar­ron Afflalo, power for­ward Kyle O’Quinn and for­ward Derrick Wil­liams in free agency. Wil­liams was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA draft but has been a huge bust.

“We are for­tu­nate to add these four new play­ers to our ros­ter,’’ team Pres­i­dent Phil Jack­son said in a press re­lease. “They bring to the team vet­eran lead­er­ship, tal­ent and youth. These men, in ad­di­tion to our rook­ies from the NBA Draft, will make for a very com­pet­i­tive team this com­ing year. We are all look­ing for­ward to the sea­son, as we welcome them to the New York Knicks 2015-16 ros­ter.”

“Very Com­pet­i­tive: The Story of the 2015-16 New York Knicks” is go­ing to do gonzo num­bers on the video-year­book mar­ket.

The Post also re­ports that Kristaps Porzingis — the afore­men­tioned Euro­pean pro­ject whom the Knicks ideally en­vi­sion as an im­me­di­ate starter — al­ready is bat­tling a hip in­jury. So there’s that.

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