Kristaps Porzingis’ knee injury affects the New York Knicks in a huge way.
There’s no doubt that Kristaps Porzingis tearing his ACL has delivered a massive blow to the New York Knicks franchise.
With Porzingis out for up to the next year, his injury will affect the Knicks in many different ways. I’ve laid them out below.
Higher draft pick
The one good thing about Porzingis’ injury is that the Knicks will lose more games this season, which will likely lead to them getting a higher draft pick within this year’s lottery.
I know everyone was dreaming of New York making the playoffs this year, but even before Porzingis’ injury those chances were decreasing by the minute with how poorly they’ve been playing.
Hopefully the Knicks can use their first round pick to find another player to build around alongside Porzingis.
Knicks must re-sign Michael Beasley
With Porzingis out until possibly this time next year, the Knicks have to re-sign Michael Beasley. He’s been a great fit in New York and has been on a tear this season.
If the Knicks don’t re-sign Beasley, I’m not sure who will start at the power forward position next season with Porzingis recovering from his knee injury.
New York could find another power forward in free agency, but we already know that Beasley is a great fit, so he makes the most sense.
Long term health of Porzingis a concern
Now, this is Porzingis’ first serious injury during his three-year NBA career, but with how lean he is, we have to wonder if he could become injury prone.
Hopefully Porzingis can continue to get stronger as he rehabs from his injury and make sure he can withstand an entire NBA season year in and year out.