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The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise

The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
Jan 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) drives against NewYork Knicks forward Derrick Williams (23) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 111-97. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant caught flack for signing with the greatest regular-season team in NBA history. And if hea€™s looking for approval from those critics, Durant could do the exact opposite with the Knicks.

Maybe thata€™s part of the appeal.

The Knicks wona€™t finish with the worst record wea€™ve ever seen in the league (not unless they drop the rest of their games), but the losing has already reached historic proportions.

With Saturdaya€™s 104-99 loss to the Raptors, the Knicks (10-45) tied the franchise record with their 16th consecutive defeat a€“ equaling the dubious mark set in the 2014-15 campaign under Derek Fisher. They had already broken the team record for straight defeats at home, which also sits at 16 after Saturday.

Depending on how you like to slice misery, they either lost 24 of their previous 25 games, or 29 of 31. If that rate continues, theya€™ll easily own the worst record in franchise history a€“ which now stands at 17-65 from 2014-15 a€“ and finish with one of the seven-worst in the NBA during its 82-game era.

This means very little for purposes of the draft lottery. Per the new anti-tanking rules, the bottom-3 teams all have the same chance of winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes at 14 percent. The only real benefit is that the worst team cana€™t drop lower than fifth in the draft, as opposed to sixth with the second-worst record, or seventh with the third-worst record, and so on.

To the credit of the Knicksa€™ spin doctors, theya€™ve been able to take the focus off the product on the court and turn the attention toward the summer. That has altogether removed pressure and blame from coach David Fizdale and the front office. A season proposed by the Knicks as their opportunity to showcase premier player development quickly devolved into a giant punt to July.

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