How many years away are the New York Knicks now?

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The New York Knicks concluded their season Wednesday the same way as the previous four: out of the playoffs.

The difference this time was, having traded veteran Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the season, the Knicks weren’t necessarily focused on getting to the postseason. With all their own first-round picks going forward, New York can utilize conventional methods to rebuild the roster after a series of efforts to jump-start the process in free agency have fallen short.

So, after firing head coach Jeff Hornacek, how far are the Knicks away from returning to the playoffs? The answer to that question will hinge on the health of injured star Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis injury slows timeline

Before Porzingis went down with a torn ACL in February, New York was hanging around the fringes of the playoff race at 23-31. Without Porzingis, the Knicks finished the season 6-22 — an 18-win pace over a full season, though that must be understood in the context of a shift in their

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