Poll: Knicks have worst front office in NBA

The Knicks are ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

But they're dead last in ESPN.com's front-office standings.

ESPN.com's Forecast panel ranked the Knicks' front office 30th in its poll of NBA decision-makers.

The panel ranked the front offices on a scale of 0 to 10 based on the management team's guidance and leadership and how it impacted the franchise's overall on-court success, both in the short term and long term.

It's understandable that the panel would rate the Knicks' front office, currently headed by Phil Jackson, so poorly.

New York won 54 games last season but is struggling to make the playoffs in a watered-down Eastern Conference this season. So it's fair to equate some of the Knicks' failure to mishandled management in the 2013 offseason.

The moves made by the Knicks in the summer of 2013 haven't panned out well.

New York traded a 2016 first-round pick, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and two second-round picks for Andrea Bargnani.

The Knicks were better with Bargnani on the bench this season than when he was on the court.

New York also signed veterans Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. That didn't work out well. Both players requested trades and were eventually bought out.

Needless to say, it wasn't a banner offseason for then-GM Glen Grunwald.

In a surprise move that was roundly criticized, owner James Dolan fired Grunwald a few days before training camp and replaced him with Steve Mills. Mills made little impact on the roster in his brief tenure as president and general manager.

Under Mills' leadership, the team made the controversial decision to keep Chris Smith, J.R. Smith's younger brother, on the roster out of training camp. Smith was eventually waived to make room for free-agent signee Jeremy Tyler. Tyler and free-agent pickup Toure' Murry have been two young bright spots on the roster, along with 2013 first-round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Knicks' ranking doesn't reflect the decision to hire Jackson as team president. So the guess here is that the Knicks' ranking will improve next season, once Jackson has a chance to make an impact on the roster, coaching staff and front office.

To view the full front-office rankings, click here.

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