Kristaps Porzingis has been unbelievable for the New York Knicks this season.
Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as the New York Knicks’ new star leader with Carmelo Anthony now with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With Porzingis now the new alpha male with the Knicks, Bleacher Report has graded the newest lead players in the NBA.
Dan Favale of Bleacher Report have Porzingis an A for the way he’s been playing during the first few weeks of the season.
Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
Knicks’ frontcourt pileup won’t allow that to change anytime soon. That’s fine. Porzingis has thrived while firing away over smaller opponents. He faces more size at center and has yet to consistently adjust his shot selection when defenses throw 5s at him.
Plus, Porzingis has found a way to erase hostiles at the rim even as offenses pull him outside the paint. His 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes are a tick above his career average, and of the 250-something players to challenge at least 15 shots around the basket, he places first in opponent field-goal percentage.
Letting him play more center would accentuate this impact. He’s facing just 4.4 looks at the rim per game, a demonstrative decrease from last season’s 7.8. But we call this a champagne problem. That’s all the Knicks have with Porzingis these days.
I’m fine with Porzingis playing power forward. The last thing the Knicks and head coach Jeff Hornacek will do is have him play center, given the fact that there’s a logjam with Enes Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn, Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah.