Kristaps Porzingis may not be ready to lead the New York Knicks by himself, but he’s still a special player.
After a hot start to the season, New York Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis has cooled off a bit over the past two months.
But Ian Levy of Nylon Calculus has pointed out that Porzingis has connected on the most jump shots with defenders within two feet or less of him while he’s shooting.
So far this season, Porzingis has attempted 52 jumpshots where the defender was two feet or less away from him, by far the most in the league. The next highest total is DeMar DeRozan with 37. Porzingis has made 53.8 percent of these shots. Only two players, Dennis Schroder and Stephen Curry, have shot a better percentage on 15 or more attempts this season and they’ve combined for just 34 attempts to Porzingis’ 52. And to put all these marks in context, the league average on these tightly defended jumpers is 35.9 percent.
Of course the fact that Porzingis is 7-foot-3 really helps, but that’s what makes him so special. He’s one of the tallest players in the NBA and moves around like a small forward while also possessing great shooting mechanics.
With Porzingis only being 22 years-old, Knicks’ fans need to continue to be patient with him and allow him to develop into a consistent superstar.